Island of Saaremaa to get 1 MW turbine

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The Estonian island of Saaremaa is to get a 1 MW turbine from Scottish owned Nordic Windpower. The twin-blade Nordic 1000 machine, developed in Sweden, is expected to be installed before the end of February 2005. The turbine will supply some 500 people on the island, which has a population of nearly 3000. The project is supported by the State Chancellery of Estonia and is part funded by the Swedish government. It is being developed by renewable energy developer OU Beta Est Holdings, but was initiated by the Estonian Wind Power Association as a demonstration project to assist the government fulfil its renewable energy target. On joining the EU this year, Estonia pledged to bring its share of energy consumption from renewables to 5.1% by 2010, from today's 0.5%. Scotland's Parsons Peebles Holdings acquired Nordic Windpower in September 2003. Nordic's Mike Robinson says: "We are hopeful that securing this contract will be the first of many others in the region." Jaan Tepp from OU Beta Est, chairman of the Estonian wind power association, adds that the Nordic machine is "the most practical unit for underdeveloped renewable energy markets in east and central Europe which have low feed-in tariffs and weak electrical grids."

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