Finnish renewable energy developer and producer, Ilmatar Energy, has received regulatory approval from Kristiinankaupunki's Planning Department to extend its Västervik wind farm in western Finland. The expansion is poised to transform the complex into a powerhouse with a capacity exceeding 230 MW, following unanimous support for the project.
Ilmatar disclosed in a press release that, as part of the expansion plan, 18 turbines will be added to complement the nine currently under construction at the Västervik park in the Ostrobothnia region. The initial phase, expected to go online by the end of the year, will yield a 56 MW wind farm. Subsequently, Västervik 2 aims to contribute an additional 120 MW-180 MW, resulting in a total of 27 turbines for the entire complex.
The final configuration of Västervik and Västervik 2 will be determined upon completion of the planning and environmental impact assessment for the expansion project. Field surveys for this phase are slated to be conducted in 2024.
Ilmatar estimates that the expansion project will inject over EUR 200 million (USD 213.7m) in taxes over its operational lifespan, underscoring the economic impact of the venture. The project aligns with Ilmatar Energy's commitment to advancing sustainable energy solutions in the region.