Norway 1.3GW onshore wind boost

Norway unveiled plans to triple its onshore wind capacity when it granted concessions for eight new plants totalling 1.3GW.

The country’s Ministry of Petroleum and Energy said building the wind farms would require about NKr20bn ($3.3bn) – representing one of the biggest investments ever made in mainland Norway.

The government awarded licenses to local developers SAE Vind, Sarepta Energi and Zephyr to build the wind farms, which will be located in the Trondheim area.

TSO Statnett was also given the go-ahead to build a 420kV transmission line.

Norway had 700MW of wind capacity in operation at the end of 2012, according to figures from the European Wind Energy Association.