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Eleon starts construction of Aidu wind farm

Estonian news - eteap March 10, 2016

Baltic News Service, 10.03.2016

Eleon AS, a company of Estonian businessmen Oleg and Andres Sonajalg, started building a new large wind farm at Aidu in northeastern Estonia on Wednesday.

The 165-million-euro wind farm will eventually consist of 30 turbines and its first phase is due to be completed by the end of this year.

Andres Sonajalg told BNS that Wednesday marks the symbolic start of the work. “Felling of trees and other preparatory works had been done earlier,” he said.

He added that simultaneously with putting up wind turbines they will build the Pussi and Tuulepargi substations and the power transmission lines between them.

“It will be not just the biggest wind farm in the Baltic but a reference farm that will create the preconditions for the development of a fully-fledged wind technology sector in Estonia. Let me underscore that the goal is to sell technology to other countries, the same innovative Eleon wind turbines that are used in this park,” Sonajalg said.

Sonajalg described the wind turbine industry as especially important for East-Viru County, as its helps to balance off the oil based economy that dominates in the region now.

When completed, this will be a wind farm with a capacity of 100 megawatts and the first in the world consisting 100 percent of turbines made in Estonia, Sonajalg added.

Under the project, 30 big, three megawatt wind generators will be put up in the area. The generators manufactured by Eleon have a tower 135 meters high and a rotor with a diameter of 120 meters. The 165-million-euro wind farm is to be built in three stages, with the first turbines to be erected in 2016. Financing for stage one of the project is provided by Unicredit Leasing and Krediidipank.

The plant is planned to employ 1,200 to 1,400 people in northeastern Estonia by 2020.

“The targets of Eleon as regards annual production volumes and revenue until the year 2020 envisage the manufacture of 60 units of three-megawatt wind turbines. This corresponds to a revenue of approximately 300 million euros. Plans are to create from 1,200 to 1,400 new jobs in the wind turbine industry by 2020,” Andres Sonajalg said in a letter to the Ministry of Environment in December.

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