Permit granted for Finland’s first offshore wind power project

The project of 80 wind turbines has been developed by wpd since 2007 and aims for start of construction in 2014 – depending on the government’s decision on a support mechanism.

The water permit includes the decision on the environmental acceptance and has only to be completed by a technical approval prior to start of construction, reports wpd. The permit was granted by the Regional State Administrative Agency of Northern Finland.

The advanced stage of the Suurhiekka wind power project puts the question of remuneration for offshore wind energy in the focus of Finish energy politics. According to wpd, Finland cannot reach its national goals for 2020 without offshore wind power and a support for offshore wind energy is therefore under discussion.