Published on August 7th, 2013 | by Anneli Hidalgo0
New law boosts Finnish wind power construction
A new law has come into effect in Finland removing the obstacles to wind power construction arising from possible disturbances in the operation of surveillance radars in the Bay of Bothnia region.
The disturbances in the operation of surveillance radars can be eliminated in specifically defined areas by developing the surveillance systems of the Finnish Defence Forces, for example through an additional radar, according to the new law. This will still ensure the functioning of territorial surveillance, while promoting rapid construction of wind power in areas with especially favourable wind conditions and numerous pending projects.
According to Invest in Finland, wind power producers that are planning to construct wind farms in the Bay of Bothnia wind power area must pay a compensation fee of EUR 50,000 euros for each turbine. These payments will make up the compensation sum, which will total 18.5 million euros for the Bay of Bothnia wind power area.
In order to ensure a rapid start, the state will participate in the financing solution in the early stages, enabling acquisition of an additional radar by the Defence Forces during the summer. The new wind farms can then begin operating on 1 January 2014.
Electricity generated by the wind farms to be constructed in the Bay of Bothnia wind power area is estimated to amount to over 1 TWh in 2020. The first wind power development area coming under the new law encompasses 2,425 square kilometres in the municipalities of Hailuoto, Lumijoki, Raahe, Siikajoki and Pyhäjoki in the Bay of Bothnia region.