With headquarters in Gothenburg in Sweden, Nordisk Vindkraft is one of the leading wind energy project developers in the Nordic countries and a subsidiary of the RES Group, a leader in the global renewable industry for over 25 years.
The core activity of the company is the development, construction, operation and ownership of large-scale wind farms, with a potential capacity of ten megawatts or more.
Nordisk Vindkraft entered the Finnish market in 2010, encouraged by the positive attitude in Finland towards tackling climate change and increasing the amount of sustainable renewable energy. “The Ministry of Employment and the Economy and the Environmental Administration are committed to achieving the targets for renewable energy and have been welcoming to companies that can bring their experience and expertise from other international markets,” says Strategy and Communications Manager Anna Jivén.
As a member of the European Union Finland has a 2020 target for the generation of electricity from renewable sources, which has been set at 6 TWh. A feed-in tariff (FIT) to support wind and biomass power is expected to come into force in January 2011 in Finland.
“If the government takes the necessary action to create a healthy wind industry in Finland, we will look to develop an increasing number of high quality projects that will provide Finland with renewable energy for decades to come,” says Ms. Jivén. She believes that Finland has good potential to become an attractive market for wind power development due to its geography and if the levels of FIT are sufficient to promote investment into the sector.
Recipe for success in Finland
In Ms. Jivén’s view, there are many similarities between the Finnish and Swedish markets but it is essential to recognise the cultural differences which do exist. “We have recruited locally and use Finnish service providers wherever possible so we are better adapted to working with other organisations and local communities in Finland.”
Finland is known for its innovation environment and the wind industry faces a range of technological challenges from de-icing the rotor blades to radar interference. Ms. Jivén hopes to see more and more Finnish companies offering cutting edge technology and services as the country’s wind industry matures.
She also has a good recipe for international companies to succeed in Finland. “You need to come with a first-rate offering and then build trust with local partners by being honest and straight-talking. If you do this, then you will be welcomed!”