Two offshore wind farms in Holland will be the first in the world to be built without a public subsidy.
The 350 MW wind farms, which will be developed by Vattenfall, are due to be online by 2022, with the Dutch Government happy to cover the cost of the grid connection. While a zero-subsidy offshore windfarm tender last year in Germany was a historic moment for the industry, it won’t be built until 2025.
“This news shows zero-subsidy bids are possible for some developers in some markets not least where Governments take on and manage a share of the project risk. In this instance the Dutch Government taking care of the grid connection is a significant factor. Plus the Dutch Government has successfully minimised the risk linked to offshore wind by giving clear visibility about future market volumes. And the new Dutch Government has committed to bring in a carbon floor price at national level which will help the business case for offshore wind,” said Giles Dickson, WindEurope CEO.
He added: “Wind energy is showing again and again that it can deliver ever more capacity for less cash. That’s the key message other governments should take from this: they should revise their ambition upwards in their national energy plans and offshore wind is a great way to help them do this.”