Wind energy in Belarus: Plans to build 7.5MW wind farm

A wind farm with the minimal total output of 7.5MW will be built in Belarus by the end of 2014.

The information was released by Mr Vadim Kondrusev, Deputy Head of the Energy Effectiveness, Ecology, and Science Office of the Belarusian Energy Ministry, on 24 January, BelTA has learned.

The official said: “The construction of wind turbines is one of the avenues we develop these days. The most powerful one – 1.5MW – was commissioned near the town of Novogrudok in 2011. Even in comparison with European countries the wind turbine has demonstrated its rather high effectiveness”.

Results of the pilot project have inspired the decision to build a wind farm in the same location. “The location is rather promising. The wind power there is estimated to be high,” said Vadim Kondrusev.

The wind farm is scheduled for construction in 2013-2014. It will comprise five plants with the minimal output of 1.5MW. So far the government has determined concrete tasks required to implement the project and sources of funding, said Vadim Kondrusev. Several foreign investors from Turkey and Germany demonstrate a strong interest in the project. Local businesses have expressed their interest as well.

“Apart from this project we are considering two more locations – in Liozno District and Smorgon District,” said the official.