OX2 to develop third-largest wind farm in Finland
Swedish renewable energy company OX2 has stated its intention to build the third-largest wind farm in Vaala, North Ostrobothnia, Finland.
The 132 MW Metsälamminkangas site will be constructed following at agreement with Lundin Petroleum, which is currently seeking to covert its energy assets to renewable sources.
Comprised of 24 5.5 MW turbines manufactured by GE Renewable Energy, the Metsälamminkangas area is well noted for its favorable wind conditions for generating power.
“We are very pleased to be partnering with OX2 on this project. Alongside our existing hydroelectricity project in Norway,” said Alex Schneiter, President and CEO of Lundin.
“The Metsälamminkangas wind farm will enable us to replace a big share of our net electricity usage, powering our offshore Norway oil and gas production facilities.”
Ambition within the energy sector
This project will be the largest singular construction that OX2 has yet overseen in Finland; the company has identified the country as a surging market for wind energy and decided to vigorously pursue new construction projects there.
Indeed, with 1.2 GW currently still in development, of which 340 MW is located in Finland, OX2 has decided to fully capitalise on the potential.
This ambition continues to be realised by the company, which recently completed its 33 MW Orrberget wind farm in conjunction with Fontavis.
The onshore wind farm has been constructed with the capacity to fuel 19,200 households with clean energy and subsequently mitigate 57,600 tonnes of CO2. The completion of Orrberget marks OX2’s third operational site in Finland.
“With the completion of another wind farm in Sweden with OX2, Fontavis again demonstrates its competence and ability to generate attractive deals and successfully implement them with the right partners,” said Thomas Vogt, Director at Fontavis.
Paul Stormoen, CEO of OX2, was proud of what the partnership had yielded and stated that the wind farm would prove to be a useful and profitable asset.
“We are now committed to manage the wind farm for Fontavis to ensure a safe operation and to deliver the greatest possible return of investment,” he said.
All but two UK regions failing on school energy efficiency
Most schools are still "treading water" on implementing energy efficient technology, according to new analysis of Government data from eLight.
Yorkshire & the Humber and the North East are the only regions where schools have collectively reduced how much they spend on energy per pupil, cutting expenditure by 4.4% and 0.9% respectively. Every other region of England increased its average energy expenditure per pupil, with schools in Inner London doing so by as much as 23.5%.
According to The Carbon Trust, energy bills in UK schools amount to £543 million per year, with 50% of a school’s total electricity cost being lighting. If every school in the UK implemented any type of energy efficient technology, over £100 million could be saved each year.
Harvey Sinclair, CEO of eEnergy, eLight’s parent company, said the figures demonstrate an uncomfortable truth for the education sector – namely that most schools are still treading water on the implementation of energy efficient technology. Energy efficiency could make a huge difference to meeting net zero ambitions, but most schools are still lagging behind.
“The solutions exist, but they are not being deployed fast enough," he said. "For example, we’ve made great progress in upgrading schools to energy-efficient LED lighting, but with 80% of schools yet to make the switch, there’s an enormous opportunity to make a collective reduction in carbon footprint and save a lot of money on energy bills. Our model means the entire project is financed, doesn’t require any upfront expenditure, and repayments are more than covered by the energy savings made."
He said while it has worked with over 300 schools, most are still far too slow to commit. "We are urging them to act with greater urgency because climate change won’t wait, and the need for action gets more pressing every year. The education sector has an important part to play in that and pupils around the country expect their schools to do so – there is still a huge job to be done."
North Yorkshire County Council is benefiting from the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, which has so far awarded nearly £1bn for energy efficiency and heat decarbonisation projects around the country, and Craven schools has reportedly made a successful £2m bid (click here).
The Department for Education has issued 13 tips for reducing energy and water use in schools.