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Three megawatt island farm starts
1 October 1998
A 3 MW wind farm consisting of five Bonus 600 kW turbines was inaugurated at Mellboda on the northern end of Öland in late August. Eolus Vind AB has developed the project with turbines owned by Slitevind AB, based on Gotland. Winds along the northern coast of Öland, a long and narrow island close to the mainland in the southern Baltic Sea, are not as good as those in the south where many wind turbines are installed, but the developer apparently had little choice in the matter. A Bonus 600 kW turbine in the south can produce some 1.5 GWh/year, while the same machine in the north is expected to generate 1.2 GWh/year. The northern site is located a few kilometres from Boda, a popular holiday beach resort, but the turbines are on farm land next to a sewage plant. Nobody in the area has objected to the project.
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