Nordex has won an order to supply turbines to Enefit Green’s 255MW Sopi-Tootsi wind project in Estonia – the largest wind farm in the Baltic states when up and running in 2024.

The German OEM according to an over €200m ($217m) contract signed today will deliver 38 of its 6.8MW machines to the project in Põhja-Pärnumaa municipality, which is slated to meet more than 8% of Estonia’s electricity consumption, according to the developer.

"We are very pleased to be working with Enefit Green again,” Nordex chief sales officer Patxi Landa said.

The manufacturer is already supplying turbines for the 72MW Tolpanvaara wind project in northern Finland, also being built by Enefit Green. The developer is the green power unit of public Estonian utility Eesti Energia.

The wind project is Estonia’s biggest investment in renewable energy so far, according to Enefit Green chairman Aavo Kärmas. The small Baltic nation has only 1.3m inhabitants.

“We plan to build a solar park near the wind turbines, and the most powerful and modern renewable energy area in the Baltic States will be formed, which will benefit both the local community and every electricity consumer in Estonia,” he said.

To ensure a good cooperation during construction, an agreement has been signed with the Põhja-Pärnumaa municipality, including a direct power line that will supply electricity without grid fees for up to 20MW. The developer will also build a public road through the wind farm.

“For a project of this scale to be successful, joint efforts of all partners and good cooperation during both the construction and energy production periods are needed,” Karmas said.

Aivar Mäe, the mayor of Põhja-Pärnumaa municipality, added: "The expression “Not in my backyard!” is not used in this project when communicating with each other.

“We are talking about very affordable energy, new, comfortable rental houses and opportunities for entrepreneurs.”