DNV, the independent energy expert and assurance provider, has been contracted to carry out project certification for the Baltic Power offshore wind farm – one of the first ever offshore wind farms in Poland.

“Poland is planning impressively rapid growth in offshore wind, with benefits for the country as well as opportunities for local industry and potential global investors, says Kim Sandgaard-Mørk, Executive Vice President for Renewables Certification at DNV.

“Bringing a technology to a new market with new players also brings new challenges. Project certification offers a proven, structured and well trusted way to minimize and manage the risks of rolling out a technology in an emerging offshore wind market,” adds Fabio Pollicino, Director Project Certification at DNV.

Currently, Poland generates no electricity through offshore wind farms – a technology that is becoming increasingly important and cost competitive on a global scale. In February 2021, the country’s first Offshore Wind Act came into force, outlining ambitious plans that will make Poland the largest market for offshore wind in the Baltics. It aims to have installed 5.9 GW of offshore wind generation by 2030, rising to 11 GW by 2040 and 28 GW by 2050.

The first step in this plan is the Baltic Power wind farm, to be located about 23 km north of the Baltic coastline, near Łeba and Choczewo. This project will have a maximum capacity of up to 1.2 GW, generated by up to 100 wind turbines, and could supply even 1 million Polish homes with clean electricity. With construction currently scheduled to start in 2023, the wind farm is due to be commissioned in 2026.