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Enefit Green planning to build exceptionally high wind farm in Estonia

BC, Tallinn, 31.07.2020.Print version
Enefit Green, the renewable energy subsidiary of Estonia's state-owned energy group Eesti Energia, wants to build an exceptionally high wind farm in the Laane-Nigula rural municipality in Laane County, western Estonia, and the rural municipality will need to decide whether to permit Enefit Green to build the wind farm with a local government designated spatial plan, or not grant the permission and risk a national designated spatial plan getting drawn up instead, the regional Laane Elu reports, cites LETA/BNS.

Aavo Karmas, chairman of the management board of Enefit Green, and Oliver Zereen, project manager for renewable energy development, said that of the three possible locations proposed by the drafters of the designated spatial plan, the company deemed suitable a 3,000-hectare area in the central part of the rural municipality on the territories of Vidruka, Seljakula, Piirsalu, Jaakna, Luigu and Rouma villages. The planned 290-meter wind turbines significantly exceed in height Estonia's current highest 150-meter turbines.

Chairman of the Laane-Nigula municipal council Neeme Suur said that the rural municipality as the authority commissioning the plan will definitely monitor the compilation thereof.

"I want to see the results of the studies and environmental impact assessments and the plan for turbine locations. There is a big difference to whether they're a kilometer to the left of two kilometers to the right. I'm at present definitely not saying that they cannot be built here under any circumstances. That we can't say! An opportunity must be given for progress. But on the other hand, considering what a major change this is, we must take all circumstances into consideration," Suur said.

Opinions on the designated spatial plan can be given until Aug. 27, and public meetings on the topic will be held at the end of September in the small towns of Risti, Taebla and Kullamaa. The plan is intended to be approved in October 2021.

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