PRESS RELEASE: Nelja Energia started energy production at its biggest wind farm09.05.2016
The renewable energy company Nelja Energia has begun energy production at its biggest wind farm in the Baltic States. The 60 MW Šilute wind farm is situated in the South-West of Lithuania and consists of 24 turbines each with a capacity of 2,5 MW. That makes 12 % of the total wind power capacity in Lithuania.
The construction of Šilute wind farm began in the beginning of 2015 after it had won the new capacity auction with the lowest energy price. “All the construction and electrical work has been completed and we are now connecting to the grid turbine by turbine,” commented Tadas Navickas, the CEO of UAB 4energia. According to Navickas the total investment of the Šilute wind farm is over 100 million euros.
The projected yearly energy production of Šilute wind farm is 230 GWh, which according to Martin Kruus, the Chairman of the Board of the Nelja Energia group is a substantial advancement. “The location of Šilute wind farm has one of the best wind conditions in the Baltics. This together with the next-generation wind technology such as larger rotors and taller towers is expected to result nearly 50% more power output of wind turbines compared to the previous generation”, noted Kruus. In Šilute’s wind farm the height of the towers is 110 meters and the rotor diameter 120 meters.
Nelja Energia is based on the Nordic and Estonian capital and it is the largest wind energy producer and developer in the Baltic States - 280 MW as the total capacity of operating wind farms. Company assets are worth more than 400 million euros. The newest renewable energy projects of Nelja Energia are the 60 MW Šilute wind park in Lithuania with a total investment of 100 million euros, the cogeneration plant and the pellet factory in Latvia with a total investment of 30 million euros and the Tooma wind warm’s 7.05 MW expansion in Estonia with a total investment of 11.5 million euros.