Community project up and running

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The community-driven 23 MW offshore wind farm near Denmark's Samsø island is now fully installed. Commissioning was due to begin late last month. The last of ten 2.3 MW Bonus wind turbines was in place January 3, says Søren Hermansen of Samsø's energy and environment agency. The island has a population of 4300. The offshore plant lies between the Jutland peninsula and the main island of Zealand (Windpower Monthly, December 2002). Bonus will be testing the turbines to 70% of full production through the first week of February, says Hermansen. If all goes well the turbine company will hand over the project to owner Samsø Havvind April 1.

"It was a difficult building period in the middle of winter, but we had no technical problems -- only high winds and high waves," says Hermansen. The offshore turbines are part of a larger project which aims to make Samsø self sufficient with renewable energy.

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