The first wind farm, built independently in Lithuania by the international green energy company Ignitis Renewables in the Mažeikiai district, has reached the start of its commercial operation.
This step brings Ignitis Group closer to implementing its green generation goals. It is estimated that the 63 megawatts (MW) wind farm will help power over 50,000 homes with clean renewable energy.
“Our ambitious goals include increasing Ignitis Group’s green generation capacity 4 times from 1.2 gigawatts (GW) in 2022 to 4–5 GW in 2030,” said Ignitis Group CEO Darius Maikštėnas. “Mažeikiai wind farm is the first wind farm we built in Lithuania from the ground up, thus its commercial operations date notes an important milestone in pursuit of these goals.”
The wind farm operating in Mažeikiai district comprises 14 wind turbines, 4.5 MW each. The wind farm is now fully operational even though, due to additional work required, legal liability for one of the 14 wind turbines is expected to be taken over in September 2023. The wind farm operates under market conditions without state subsidies or grants.
Since the COD of Mažeikiai wind farm, Ignitis Group’s total installed green generation capacity increased to 1.3 GW (from 1.2 GW). The total investments into this project reach 80–85 million euros. Over the last 5 years, Ignitis Group has invested around 900 million euros in renewable energy projects with 70 per cent of the investments made in Lithuania.