Kauppalehti: Three non-subsidised wind farm projects underway in Finland

Kauppalehti has reported that a total of three non-subsidised wind farms are scheduled for completion in Finland in 2019.

A 14-turbine wind farm is being constructed in Kannus, Central Ostrobothnia, by WPD Finland. The wind farm offers electricity users access to electricity at a fixed price under long-term, 15–25-year power purchase agreements.

Long-term power purchase agreements have recently become increasingly popular in, for example, Sweden, Norway and the United States. In Finland, however, the first long-term agreement was announced as recently as last summer.

“So far the production costs have been too high, while electricity prices have contrastively been too low in Finland. But now the market is becoming more attractive,” Heikki Peltomaa, the managing director at WPD Finland, explained to the commerce-oriented newspaper in late August.

In Kannus, the turbines will reach heights of up to 230 metres. With a rotor diameter of 150 metres, a single turbine will have a capacity of 4.5 megawatts.

Market-based wind power projects have become more and more common especially due to advances in wind power technology. While a three-megawatt turbine produced eight gigawatt hours of electricity a year 10–15 years ago, a four-megawatt turbine will be capable of producing 19 gigawatt hours of electricity in 2019. The lifespan of a wind turbine has similarly increased by 10 years since 2010 – to over 30 years.

Jari Suominen, the managing director of TuuliWatti, says the production costs of the first non-subsidised wind power project ever to be announced in Finland, the Viinamäki wind farm, will be below the market electricity price, at roughly 30 euros per megawatt. The wind power project was announced in June 2018.

Finland, he believes, has an opportunity to take advantage wind power to achieve energy self sufficiency and transition from an importer to an exporter of electricity.

“Finland and Germany are roughly the same size in terms of landmass, but we’ve only installed a fraction of the wind power turbines that have been installed in the densely populated Germany. There’s plenty of room in the sparsely populated Finland,” he told Kauppalehti.

The third non-subsidised wind farm is being built in Isojoki, Southern Ostrobothnia, by CPF Finland.

helsinkitimes.fi
Finland farm projects
If you notice an error, highlight the text you want and press Ctrl + Enter to report it to the editor
5 views in december
I recommend
No recommendations yet

Comments

Post your comment to communicate and discuss this article.

Society
The ministry also wants the national communications regulator to determine whether Trafi's other consumer services can be safely restored on Wednesday. The Ministry of Transport and Communications has asked the Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority Ficora, to assess data privacy and security on the web services of the Finnish Transport Safety Agency, Trafi. The request follows a recent public backlash to Trafi's decision to open an online database wh...
Society
Taking a train between Finland and Estonia will be possible by Christmas 2024, says the entrepreneur behind one of two massive tunnel projects being planned. Last week the FinEst Bay Area Helsinki-Tallinn tunnel project received 100 million euros from a Dubai-based construction group ARJ Holding – the first external financing made towards the estimated 15-billion-euro effort. Peter Vesterbacka - a man who made a fortune as a marketing boss at mobile gaming...
Incidents
Several protest marches took place in Helsinki on Thursday evening. Police intervened to forcibly remove swastika flags from Neo-Nazi demonstrators. Police said on Thursday that they will open an investigation into neo-Nazis flying swastika flags in downtown Helsinki. Four protesters had reportedly been taken into police custody. Two processions made their way through Helsinki city centre Thursday evening. The neo-Nazi Kohti vapautta ('toward freedom') dem...
Society
Most of Friday’s papers focus on Thursday's gala at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki where Finland's movers, shakers and honourees were invited to celebrate the nation’s 101 years of independence. Traditionally, media attention has centered on the best-dressed guests and this year was no exception. According to tabloid Ilta-Sanomat, among the most elegant invitees this year was MP Jaana Pelkonen, who wore a bright yellow sleeveless dress by French desig...
Society
Helsinki handed over five decommissioned trams on Monday, two of which will make their way to the Mikkeli city centre for display. Helsinki City Transport (HKL) handed over five antique trams to new owners on Monday after a competition to see where the decommissioned vehicles would be best suited. The HKL competition prompted 94 applications from across the country to receive the trams free of charge. Three of the trams will remain in Helsinki, while two w...
Society
People in Finland are prescribed more antibiotics than the EU average, police warn of neo-Nazi marches and the Finland 100 satellite blasted off. Finnish medical patients use broad-spectrum antibiotics more commonly than the EU average, even though bacteria in Finland are not especially resistant to antibiotic treatments. Daily Helsingin Sanomat writes that attacking a large number of different bacteria at once is all too common, and may lead to resistance...
Society
This year's Finnish National Prize went to a rock star, a fashion designer, a film director and others for their contributions to cultural life in Finland. The Finnish National Prize, an annual cultural award from the Ministry of Education and Culture, went to Henry "Remu" Aaltonen, the drummer and vocalist of the 1970s band Hurriganes; the fashion designer behind Ivana Helsinki, Paola Suhonen; and Academy Award nominated director Selma Vilhunen. This year...
Artist's impression of the proposed Tallinn-Helsinki tunnel
Dubai engineering solutions giant ARJ Holding Ltd is investing €100 million in the Tallinn-Helsinki tunnel project, tunnel designer Peter Vesterbacka announced at a press conference on Monday. Mr Vesterbacka, chief of FinEst Bay Area, the group behind the tunnel project, pointed out the total cost of the tunnel stands at €15 billion, with an investment period of 30 years; the tunnel itself has a projected life span of 120 years, he said. Finest Bay Area Le...
Society
The volume of permits for apartment buildings plunged by more than half, a likely harbinger of an economic slowdown next year. Construction work for the Tripla complex in Helsinki's Pasila district. Image: Jyrki Lyytikkä / Yle An exceptionally low number of new construction permits were granted from June to September, says Statistics Finland. Volume was down by 25.4 percent from a year earlier.  The biggest drop was in commercial and office buildings, wher...