A bulk purchase of 15, 600 kW wind turbines is set to bring down the cost of a wind produced kilowatt hour by 20% according to Hans Ohlsson from Swedish energy agency Nutek. This will make wind power in Sweden competitive with electricity from conventional new power plants. The order for the 15 turbines, announced on September 23, has gone to Danish company Bonus. It was selected from a pre-qualification group of seven companies after some 30 manufacturers were invited by Nutek to tender for the project. The procurement group under Nutek's wing consists of the utilities Vattenfall, Sydkraft, and Göteborg Energi as well as independent wind companies, MIT Energi and Slitevind AB. They have all signed contracts to buy the 15 turbines which will be installed in different areas of Sweden next year. The developers will receive a 35% subsidy from Nutek.
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Senior Renewable Energy Analyst (WindGEMINI Product Lead) DNV GL Bristol (City Centre), City of Bristol