The Estonian Ministry of Climate has granted approval for the environmental impact assessment (EIA) linked to Enefit Green's proposal to construct a 1-GW offshore wind park in the Baltic Sea. Enefit Green, the renewable energy arm of Eesti Energia, received the positive decision on Wednesday, signaling a significant step forward for the North-Western Estonian project.
Initiated in 2006, the environmental assessment has been a meticulous process, with Enefit Green conducting various studies to gauge the potential impact of the proposed wind farm and implement necessary mitigation measures.
Situated 12 km (7.5 miles) off Hiiumaa Island, the North-Western Estonian park is anticipated to generate approximately 4 TWh of electricity, utilizing up to 60 turbines. While operationalization is projected for the 2030s at the earliest, the project holds promise for bolstering Estonia's renewable energy capacity.
Originally named Hiiu, the offshore project was initiated by Nelja Energia in 2006 and later acquired by Enefit Green in 2018.
Estonia, in alignment with its energy goals, aspires to derive 100% of its power from renewables by the end of the decade and achieve climate neutrality by 2050.