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Potential for wind projects in unused military sites at Oro and Ulkoluoto

About ten to 15 wind power stations ranging from 50-150 MW in size could be developed at disused former military sites in Ulkoluoto and Oro in Finland, says a report for the regional municipality of Varsinais Suomi. "These unused military sites would be perfect for wind turbines and large scale wind parks," says Heikki Saarento of wind group Egetliga Finlands Foerbund, which is working with the municipal authorities in the archipelago district on siting issues and the potential of west coast sites for development. "These are rural and sparsely populated areas without the potential to attract other forms of industry or investment." The report recommends the municipality establish a special unit to promote wind development to the region's power industry and venture capital investment communities. Monitoring of the military sites indicates good wind speeds at both locations.

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