Finland plans 1,000 wind turbines in the Gulf of Bothnia

Total electricity generation may be twice the target for wind power set by the Finnish government. When plans are implemented, the northern end of the Gulf of Bothnia will become home to a near-forest of wind energy turbines.

Along with those to be constructed on the Swedish side of the border, the area could in future boast over 2000 of the electricity-generating facilities.

According to Erkki Kunnari, who heads wind power affairs for the state enterprise that administers state-owned land and water areas, the general plan will be carried out, even though some wind farm projects will be modified in practice.

Currently, the Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment of Northern Finland is evaluating the environmental impact of the envisaged wind farms. One key issue is the possible threat posed to migrating birds.

Kunnari says that the wind turbines should not be a major problem to wildlife. Estimates are that on average one bird a year will meet its end on the blades of each of the new wind turbines. 

The Hamina wind turbine factory inauguration

WinWinD Ltd opened its new state-of-the-art 3 MW wind turbine plant in Hamina, Finland. The new production capacity, increased ten-fold, facilitates WinWinD’s expansion and growth into a global wind turbine provider.

“The new Hamina plant and the Chennai factory that started last year in India are both essential to our growth strategy. Together, they will raise our production capacity to a level that enables us to answer growing customer needs all over the world,” says Ilkka Hakala, CEO of WinWinD.

“We will expand our services to completely new market areas and grow into a truly global company during the next few years. The state-of-the-art technological properties of our products will make this possible.”

The wind turbines developed by WinWinD are based on a solution where electricity is produced in a unique, hybrid concept power unit. This guarantees efficiency, quality, long life and easy maintenance for the product. WWD-3 wind turbines are the most effective option available in Finland.

The opening of the plant was attended by a numerous amount of customers and partners from all over the world, representatives of the town of Hamina and from Siva Group Mr. Vaidyanathan Srinivasan, chairman of the board, as a representative of the owners Siva Group and Masdar. The official inauguration was performed by the guest of honour Minister of Economic Affairs Mauri Pekkarinen, the owners and other key persons by pressing a large green button.