Simo, the first commercial wind farm equipped with Gamesa 4.5 MW wind turbines, has been commissioned in Finland, where the company has installed four G128-4.5 MW machines for TuuliWatti. Specifically designed to withstand low temperatures, these four wind turbines in Simo are the most powerful turbines ever installed in Finland.
The 18 MW project is part of the framework agreement that Gamesa reached at the end of 2012 with the Finnish company TuuliWatti to supply 135 MW. Of these, 123 MW have already become firm orders: in addition to the Simo wind farm, 54 MW and 36 MW of Gamesa 4.5 MW turbines will be supplied to the Tornio and Pori wind farms, respectively, and 15 MW to the Salo wind farm using 5.0 MW turbines. Last year, Gamesa signed a second framework agreement with the Finnish company for the supply of up to 285 MW of its 5.0 MW turbines.
The growth prospects for the Finnish wind market for the years ahead are among the highest in Europe. According to the latest BTM report, Finland has the potential to install 1,550 MW between 2014 and 2018, a 260% increase over the 428 accumulated MW at the end of 2013. In addition, Finland expects that by 2020, 38% of the country’s electricity consumption will be generated from renewable sources.