A photo of of Baltic 1 offshore wind farm with one turbine close up and in focus

Germany’s first commercial offshore wind farm celebrates 9th birthday

On Friday, 3 April, EnBW marked the ninth year of operation of its Baltic 1 offshore wind farm – Germany’s first commercial scale offshore wind farm and the first offshore wind project EnBW built.

Illustration; EnBW

“Baltic 1 is the first commercial scale offshore wind farm in Germany; its electricity output reaches 185 million kilowatt hours on an annual basis, covering 50,000 households per annum and preventing 167,000 tonnes of harmful CO₂ from being released into the environment each year. Moreover, the wind farm has boosted economic development and created new jobs in the nearby town of Barhöft”, EnBW said via social media.

The first wind turbine at Baltic 1 fed the first kilowatt hour of electricity into the grid on 3 April 2011. The offshore wind farm was inaugurated a month later, on 2 May 2011.

The 48.3 MW Baltic 1 features 21 Siemens SWT-2.3-93 turbines, installed in the German sector of the Baltic Sea, some 15 kilometres north of the Fischland-Darß-Zingst peninsula.