Eolus faces resistance from local residents

LATVIA: Developer SIA Eolus is facing difficulties in the development of a €250 million project in the Tukums and Dobele regions of Latvia, due to protests by local citizens.

Eolus operates in Sweden, Norway, Estonia, Latvia and the US
Eolus operates in Sweden, Norway, Estonia, Latvia and the US

Local residents in western Latvia believe building such a large wind project will affect the quality of their lives, with reports of a petition being signed by people who oppose the project.

Under the terms of the project, SIA Eolus, a subsidiary of Swedish firm Eolus Vind, plans to build the largest wind farm in Latvia, and the entire Baltic region, over the next four years.

It is set to comprise 51 wind turbines, with the Swedish company currently deciding which manufacturer would supply them. Eolus has around 62MW installed in Latvia to date.

The project is expected to produce about 700GWh of electricity a year, which is about 10% of the annual electricity consumption in Latvia.

Implementation of the project would form part of the country’s national energy and climate plan to 2030.

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