Slitevind AB has applied to build 51, 500 kW wind turbines on Gotland. The company is proposing three wind farms: one of 12 turbines at Burge, several kilometres north of Visby; a second one of ten turbines next to an asphalt works just south of Visby; and a third wind farm of 29 turbines at Hejnum, south of Slite, on the east coast of Gotland. Planning permission for the projects is required from the local and regional authorities. As is the case for all power plants of over 10 MW in Sweden, the planned 14.5 MW wind farm at Hejnum must also be approved by a central environment body, Koncessionsnämnden för Miljöskydd and the government. Slitevind is a small local company based in Slite on Gotland and headed by Lennart Dalin, headmaster of the town school. Company shareholders are environmentalists from all over Sweden. So far Slitevind has installed six turbines, five on Gotland and one on the mainland. These have operated so well that bank finance of more than SEK 100 million for the three new wind farms is being granted on good terms. The confidence in wind energy now being displayed by commercial banks in Sweden is an important breakthrough, opening the doors for more wind farms of this size.
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