Finnish construction company YIT has acquired the rights for a wind farm project from Lestijärven Tuulivoima Oy, which includes plans for building 87 wind turbines that will produce about 770 GWh of electricity per year. Construction is expected to start in 2015 and the first 3MW wind turbines should be operational at the turn of the year in 2016 - 2017.
Once the project is implemented in full, it will be one of Finland’s largest inland wind farms. The project area covers a region of about 8,000 hectares, which is mainly composed of land leased from private landowners. The area is ideal for wind turbine construction because the wind conditions are very similar to those found on the coast. The turbines will be significantly higher than those built in Finland in recent years, allowing the wind power to be utilised more efficiently.
“The municipality is pleased to offer the opportunity for this renewable energy project. The project is significant from the economic point of view for the area, and this also extends across municipal boundaries. The effect of the wind farm on employment in the area is significant and the project is a welcome addition to the municipal economy,” says Esko Ahonen, Mayor of Lestijärvi.
YIT’s services for the construction of wind farms include earth-moving works for constructing the roads and infrastructure of neighbouring areas as well as the foundation solutions and electrification of the wind farms. The final number of turbines in Lestijärvi will be specified fully during the project environmental impact assessment and during the land use planning and permit application processes.