Grand opening of the largest wind farm in Norway
Tellenes wind farm represent an important milestone in the green shift in Norway. The wind farm, situated in Rogaland, is estimated to produce a yearly output that equals the yearly energy consumption of 27.500 large single houses.
Tellenes is the green shift in practice. 550 GWh of pure renewable energy replace 550.000 tonnes of coal emissions on an annual basis. The fact that Google – who want to operate their datacentres with pure renewable power – has chosen Tellenes as a provider is a good example of a wind power industry on the rise.
– It has been a long and exiting journey to where we are today, Zephyr CEO Olav Rommetveit, says.
– This area was already industrialized with mining activity and the wind farm was welcomed with open arms. Norwegian companies Hydro and Statoil had interest in building a wind farm in this area already in 2005, and from 2010 we took over the project. When we got the final consession to build in 2014 we came in contact with BlackRock and eventually also Google. When Google wanted to sign a PPA (Power Purchase Agreement) for 12 years it made this 160 MW wind farm a very good long investment for BlackRock, and we got the job to complete the building. The wind farm spans over an area of 15 km2 and consists of 50 wind turbines supplied bye Siemens, he says.
Tellenes was completed in only 14 months – on time and within budget – without any serious issues concerning health, environment and safety.
– The completion has been the result of a great joint effort with land owners, suppliers, finacial services, developers, supply chain management, construction developers and the entire local community, Rommetveits says.
– Tellenes is a great testimony of what one can achieve through cooperation, he concludes.
Olav Rommetveit on camera with news broadcaster TV2.
Photo: Glenn Lund