The Project

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Nordanå-Lövböle wind power project is located in the Southwestern Finland on the island of Kemiönsaari. The project location is described with green color in the map below. Click the images in order to view them larger.

The project plan consists of 29 turbines in the area of approximately 1600 ha. The turbines will be 100-145 meters high and their potential power output will be 2-4 MW. Land-use in Nordanå-Lövböle is dominated by forestry and mining. Ongoing mining activities can be studied from the TEKES map service. West from the project area there is the military base of Skinnarvik, and outside the project area there is sparse inhabitation and some summer houses.

Nordanå-Lövböle is a good site from the wind energy developer's point of view from several reasons. Firstly, the wind conditions are sufficient and there is available electricity substations in the vicinity of the project area. There area is empty of houses and summer houses and inhabitation close to the area is sparse. No untouched nature or protected areas exists in the location. The landscape is not defined sensitive by the authorities and there are no culturally protected sites apart from some point-like archaelogical findings, which disturbance can be avoided by simlpy avoiding their locations. In addition, the municipality of Kemiönsaari has showed remarkable activity when it comes to wind energy and the area is designated as a potential wind enery production site in the Wind power study conducted by the Regional Council of Southwest Finland.

The history of the project dates back to the early 21st century. Ansgar Hahn, efe's CEO, was working in the 2002 with ABB, which conducted some wind measurements in Finland. Unfortunately the wind speed turned out to be too low for wind energy production with the technology of that time. In 2008 Mr. Hahn came accross the with Finnish wind energy production again when he was involved with a project that was planned in Kvarken in the Gulf of Bothnia, but he decided to drop out of the project because the area is a UNESCO World heritage site.

During the next couple of years he started to hear positive news from Finland: there were rumours that the feed-in tariff for wind energy might be lauched in Finland like it had already been established in many other European countries. In June 2010 Mr. Hahn heard of the energy self-sufficiency program of Kemiönsaari, became interested. He didn't waste much time and started to study the area on-site and contacted the regional council still in June. In August he contacted the municipality and land-owners of Nordanå-Lövböle. In order to estimate the wind potential on the island, the municipality ordered a wind study from Hafmex.

During the November 2010 meetings with land-owners were initated and Nordanå-Lövböle land-owners compared offers from developers. They came to the conclusion that our offer was the most attractive of five offers compared. In the winter 2011 Mr. Hahn probed for the standing of ELY center. The work load from the projects was getting quite substantial, so in March two assistants were hired for the project development. In addition, negotiations with the mining companies working in the project area were continued in order to reach a mutual understanding of the use of local infrastructure and potential mining areas. On the 22nd of March efe applied for the initation of the master planning process for the project area, and in June the plan for participation and assessment was published for the planning process. In the meanwhile, field studies for the turbine placing and vizualisations continued.

 

The summer 2011 was the time of environmental studies and wind measurements. In June Sito was chosen for our environmental consultant and they started the studies almost immediately. During the summer they conducted a nature survey, which included e.g. prliminary studies on flying squarrels, vegetation and environment type studies as well as the study on nesting birds and bat study.  Wind studies were initiated with ordering a wind model and placing a SODAR measurement device on Gräsböle project area on the 6th of June. Another SODAR was placed on Nordanå-Lövböle on the 8th of August.

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In the fall 2011 the EIA program was left to the ELY-center and the hearing round started. ELY gave its statement in January 2012 with the general view that the plan for studies has been done well but there are some additional studies that should be made.

During 2012 the following separate studies were conducted for the project: fall migration study, spring migration study, archaeological inventory (+ complementary study study), on GSM-links and data transfer and noise (part 1, 2 and 3). Results of these as well as eg. landscape impacts, shadows and ground water was included into the EIA-report. The EIA-report was published on 11.11.2012 together with the plan draft and its report).

Plan draft map 2014

In February 2013 Ramboll finished the combined impact study for all the planned wind parks in Kemiönsaari and in March 2013 the ELY-center gave their statement on the EIA-report. ELY accepted the EIA-report, even so required additional studies, like the display areas of the Capercaillie and migratory bats was requested to still be performed.

In April the Department of Biology at the University of Turku has contacted the three project developers Taaleritehdas,  Olofsgård Energi and EFE if they are interested to join an extensive migrating bat study on Kemiönsaari. Bat monitoring equipment was placed on several GSM-masts on the island at different heights as well as on ground level in the project areas. The study continued until the fall 2013 and its results were good.

During the spring of 2014 the new noise modelling guidelines were released by the Environmental ministry. Planning was affected by the guidelines in a way that a new noise study was conducted. The new study and the comments given about the first plan suggestion were the basis for the second plan suggestion, which was on public display during the summer of 2014. The updated project leaves a bigger corridor for birds and reduces the negative effects especially on the eastern part of the area. The amount of turbines in the new plan suggestion is thus reduced from 31 to 29.


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