First Finnish repowering project complete

FINLAND: Developer OX2 has now handed the 42MW Ajos site on Finland's west coast to owner, furniture-maker Ikea, but will continue to operate it on the retailer's behalf.

OX2's newly repowered wind farm in Kemi, Finland (pic: Olli Koskimäki)

The project’s ten WinWind 3MW turbines were replaced with eight of Siemens’ SWT-130 3.3MW models on artificial islands offshore and five of its SWT-113 3.2MW onshore.

Repowering the Kemi Ajos I and II site has raised its capacity from 30MW to 42.4MW. The increased number of more modern turbines are expected to produce about 160GWh per year — more than twice as much production as before, according to OX2.

Ikea bought the project — its first wind investment in Finland — in January 2016. The company had previously acquired projects in GermanyPolandIrelandCanada and the United States

Tiina Suvanto, sustainability manager of Ikea Finland, said: "The renewal of the Kemi Ajos wind farm has been an important project for us on our path to gain energy independence.

"Investing in wind power is a concrete example of our commitment to the environment."

In June 2015, the retailer pledged to invest a further €500 million in wind projects by 2020, adding to the €1.5 billion it had already spent on renewable energy since 2009.

It is aiming to become "energy independent" by owning as much renewable energy capacity as it consumes.