Forestry outfit buys wind turbines for pulp mills

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Sweden's largest forest co-operative, Södra, has formed a new wind power division, Södra Vindkraft AB, and plans to erect 23-25 turbines in the southern part of the country over the next two years. Södra will invest SEK 650 million SEK (EUR 70.5 million) developing projects as a first step, placing three to six turbines at each of its Värö, Mörrun and Mönsterås pulp mills as well as approximately 12 turbines at its Släne forest estate. Södra Vindkraft CEO Gustav Tibblin says the company already produces 1.7 TWh of green biomass energy, for which it receives green certificates for subsequent sale. Developing wind plant in forested lands owned by Södra's nearly 50,000 co-operative partners is a logical next step, says Tibblin. Södra will help with financing as well as bring owners of different parcels together to build larger wind stations that could share network connection costs. Tibblin acknowledges that building larger wind plants in forests might entail higher turbine towers and turbulence issues, but says: "Forest land is what we've got, so forest land is where we will build."

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