New Wind Farm Opened Near Paldiski ({{commentsTotal}})

Source: Courtesy of Eesti Energia

State-owned energy giant Eesti Energia and 4 Energia, a Norwegian-Estonian renewable fuels venture, have opened a 18-turbine wind park on Pakri peninsula, 40 km west of Tallinn.

The turbines tower 135 meters from the ground to the highest point, and produce 2.5 megawatts of energy each, the two companies said in a press release today.

Pakri peninsula is a popular location for wind turbines as it is a shelf of land 20 meters above sea level. 4 Energia already had eight turbines in the area.

The town of Paldiski, population 4,000, on the peninsula, is now the first town in Estonia to use 100 percent renewable energy, according to Eesti Energia.

The new park cost 62 million euros to build and meets the energy needs of approximately 40,000 average households.

Estonia currently has 126 wind turbines that can put out 269.4 megawatts, or 6 percent of the nation's energy needs.