NordanVind AB has won government approval for a 36 MW project of 18 wind turbines at Bondön outside Piteå. A joint venture between Windforce Svenska and NordanVind, the 83 GWh of output will meet up to 18% of the demand from households in the town. It is the largest land-based wind power plant yet approved in Sweden. Originally, installation was to begin this summer, but a protracted permitting process means the project is facing a 12 month delay. Windforce's Matthias Rapp says he was pleasantly surprised to hear of the application's approval before the summer, although it still came too late for work to begin this year. The company will carry out further site studies, decide on turbines and the grid connection, and look at raising finance for the estimated SEK 300 million project. "As it is by far the largest project in Sweden, the logical way to move forward is with project financing. In order for this to happen, though, we need the government to look at ways of amending some details of the current [green] certificate system. We are confident that our lobbying will pay off, hopefully by the autumn," says Rapp. The configuration of 18, 2 MW turbines is one of several alternatives, Rapp adds. "We have a maximum of 36 MW and 18 machines, but we could opt for fewer, larger turbines, up to 2.3 MW, or alternatively, we can have 18 machines with less installed capacity, though with the new rotors, the energy production would be nearly the same." Before final permission is granted, an environmental court will decide on terms and conditions relating to studies on birds and reindeer at the site. Rapp is confident this approval will arrive by the end of the summer.
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