Authors note — the relevant statement made by the Norwegian Petroleum and Energy Ministry is only available in Norwegian, therefore, the content of this article is reliant upon a Google translated version, which was OK’d by a Communication Advisor from the Norwegian Petroleum and Energy Ministry.
The Norwegian Petroleum and Energy Ministry announced on Tuesday that they had awarded permission to SAE Vind DA, Sarepta Energi AS, and Zephyr AS to build 8 new wind farms in the country, in an effort to triple the nation’s wind capacity.
“This is a historic day for Norwegian wind power production, and will constitute a significant part of Norway’s renewable initiatives,” said Petroleum and Energy Minister, Ola Borten Moe. “I think such a concentrated development is important to collect the disturbance rather than a scattered development.”
The plan will see 8 new wind farms constructed in eight different locations — Sørmarkfjellet, Roan, Kvenndalsfjellet, Storheia, Mountain Goat, Mountain Remma, Svarthammaren / Pållifjellet, and Freya — amounting to 1.3 GW of wind power, supplying enough electricity to power approximately 185,000 homes. The plan is set to cost 20 billion kroner ($3.3 billion) with hopes that the energy generated will triple the country’s wind capacity by 2020.
In addition to the eight wind farms, a new transmission line running from Overhalla via Fosen and Trollheim in Surnadal has been approved, as well as a connection between Fosen and Snillfjord.
Norway has previously made it clear that they hope to achieve 67.5% of their national electricity from renewable sources, and energy utility EON announced earlier this year that they hoped to build hundreds of megawatts of wind power in the country. In February of this year they already had 1.5 GW of proposals waiting for approval, with more down the road.
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