Estonia’s Enefit Green, Eesti Energia’s renewable energy subsidiary, acquired wind energy developer Raunistal, therefore it will complete the Purtse wind farm project in Ida-Virumaa.
Enefit Green is going to erect five wind turbines at the Purtse wind farm, which will start generating electricity in 2023. The total capacity of the wind turbines will be nearly 20 megawatts (MW) and the wind farm is expected to produce approximately 40 gigawatt-hours (GWh) of electricity per year. Such an amount of electricity could cover, for example, the annual electricity demand of Hiiumaa or Lüganuse municipality where the wind farm is located.
Aavo Kärmas, CEO of Enefit Green, said that the company’s strategic goal is to increase the production of renewable energy and thus the acquisition of Raunistal fitted well into Enefit Green’s plans.
“Enefit Green is a growth-oriented company and the largest wind energy producer in the Baltic States,” he stated. “We are constantly looking for ways to produce more environmentally friendly wind energy and offer it to customers. The next step will be to announce the procurement of wind turbines and we will continue the construction of the wind farm at the end of this year.”
“I wish Enefit Green success in developing wind energy, they have an impressive company and it is nice to see that my long-term work is now really forming into a wind farm, the output of which can cover the entire electricity need of Lüganuse municipality,” said Raivo Pihlak, the former owner of Raunistal.
Enefit Green has renewable energy projects that the company is gradually developing in all its home markets – Finland, the Baltics and Poland.
“Enefit Green’s goal is to help Estonia meet the climate goals set for 2030 and we see the greatest potential in the growth of wind energy production,” added Mr Kärmas. “To this end, we have launched several new wind farm development projects to help implement the green revolution in Estonia. Considering the trend of cleaner energy production in Europe and in the whole world, our projects have great potential and we hope to soon inform you about new positive processes in our home markets.”
In 2020, Enefit Green produced a total of 1.35 terawatt-hours (TWh) of electricity in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland, being 13 per cent more than in 2019.