Finland regions

Finland’s 211 MW Piiparinmaki wind farm is officially open

Sept. 28 (Renewables Now) — Finnish renewable energy developer Ilmatar Energy on Wednesday announced the official opening of the 211 MW Piiparinmaki wind farm in central Finland, the largest of its kind in the country.

The plant, which was commissioned in June, was inaugurated during an official inauguration ceremony in the presence of the President of Parliament, Matti Vanhanen.

The Piiparinmaki project was developed by Helsinki-based Ilmatar and is owned by UK clean infrastructure investor Glennmont Partners and Japanese power utility Kansai Electric Power Co Inc (TYO:9503). Glennmont acquired the program from Ilmatar in September 2019, while Kansai Electric joined as a minority shareholder the following year with the purchase of a 15% stake.

Built without using subsidies, Piiparinmaki is located in the Kainuu and Northern Ostrobothnia regions and consists of 41 Vestas turbines. Part of their output will be supplied to Google LLC under a 10-year power purchase agreement (PPA) that will allow the search engine giant to power its data center in Hamina, while the the rest of the electricity will be offered under a commercial agreement with the Swedish utility. Vattenfall.

Ilmatar has provided the balance of plant and construction management services and will oversee wind farm operations.

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