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UTILITY GOES COMMERCIAL

The Swedish state owned utility, Vattenfall, is to build its first commercial wind turbines. Furthermore, ten parishes on Gotland have invested in wind turbines to cover the electricity used in their churches and ancillary church buildings.

¥ The Swedish state owned utility, Vattenfall, is to build its first commercial wind turbines. So far Vattenfall's wind experience has been with the huge 3 MW prototypes, Näsudden I and II and the Nordic 400. Now Vattenfall plans to erect three 500-600 kW turbines at Näsudden on Gotland in co-operation with local utility GEAB. Vattenfall is GEAB's largest shareholder. The turbines will be sold to GEAB's customers as a wind co-operative. According to the plans, these turbines will be on line in the autumn.

¥ Harnessing the power of the wind is a way of getting closer to God on Gotland, famous for its whitewashed stone churches from the middle ages. Many of the churches are now enlightened by the wind after ten parishes invested in wind turbines to cover the electricy used in their churches and ancillary church buildings. The Church of Sweden's environment council is now recommending other parishes in windy communities to follow suit and invest in wind power.

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