Grant to first commercial wind farm

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Norway's first commercial wind farm, Fjeldskaar, got a financial boost at its official launching last month. The Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Administration granted NOK 5 million toward the installation costs of five Wind World 750 kW turbines on the southern coast at Lindenes (Windpower Monthly, February 1998). Kristiansand utility Vestagder Energiverk, the developer of the project, anticipates the plant will produce about 20 GWh a year. At the opening ceremony, Norwegian energy minister Marit Arnstad said if all current proposals for building wind farms are realised, Norway's total wind capacity will increase from 8 MW to 600 MW, reports news service ENDS Environment Daily. Experience from running the existing 12 turbines in the country has shown, she said, "that we can compete with wind turbines in Denmark, and in fact beat them" in annual production.

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