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Ilmatar switches on 221MW wind farm at Finnish hybrid

RICHARD HEAP

January 9, 2024

Finnish energy group Ilmatar has commissioned a 221MW wind farm in Finland that is part of a 370MW project that is set to incorporate utility-scale solar with energy storage.

Ilmatar commissioned the 36-turbine wind phase of the Alajärvi hybrid project in Finland’s South Ostrobothnia region in December 2023. It is has developed the wind farm with Japan’s Kansai Electric Power, which is a minority shareholder in the phase.

The solar and storage phases are due to be built by the end of 2025, with full commissioning due in 2026. Juha-Pekka Weckström, chief executive at Ilmatar Energy, said: “Completing the wind farm successfully at Alajärvi was the first step in our project that will become one of the first hybrid parks in Finland.”

Mikio Matsumura, representative executive officer, vice president at Kansai Electric Power, added: “I am proud that the Alajärvi wind farm project has reached this momentous milestone of commercial operation as a result of our strong partnership since participating in the project in 2021. We will continue to cooperate with Ilmatar and be deeply involved in management of the project to ensure its safe operation.”

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