Keski-Suomen Betonirakenne Oy (later also referred as KSBR) is starting the construction of Finland’s largest wind energy farm in Kainuu. The project owner is the Finnish clean wind energy provider Ilmatar Energy Oy.
The Piiparinmäki wind farm will be built in Kainuu without any government subsidies. No subsidies will be paid for the actual power generation either, meaning that this project is fully based on electricity market price. The construction begins in October 2019.
Electricity generation there will begin as early as in 2020. KSBR is responsible for the project that contains the infrastructure for wind farm consisting of roads, hardstands, turbine foundations and electrical cabling with necessary design of the works.
– This is a significant project and an important further step forward from our earlier wind power construction projects, reinforcing our market share in wind power construction. Ilmatar Energy is a wind energy pioneer, and we are excited to continue our partnership with them. Previously, we have built the Luhanka and Varkaus wind farms for Ilmatar, says KSBR CEO Tuomas Skantz.
According to Skantz, this is also a nationally and even internationally important project, providing clean energy in a cost-effective way.
The wind farm will also create hundreds of jobs during its construction.
– Piiparinmäki is the third wind farm where KSBR has been selected as the infrastructure provider. Our good experiences with the earlier projects, KSBR’s continuous development efforts, and the latest instruments they use for example to monitor the progress of projects made it easy to choose them as our supplier, says Ilmatar founder and Director Mikko Toivanen, who is responsible for construction projects.
Technology enterprise Google and Ilmatar Energy have agreed that Google will buy approximately 60 percent of the power generated by the wind farm. This agreement is part of Google’s largest ever investment project into renewable energy, announced in September.
The Piiparinmäki wind farm will be built in Kainuu, in the region between Pyhäntä and Kajaani. The project consists of 50 turbines, of which 41 are currently ready for building. The farm will generate green electricity for the Finnish grid at a nominal power of 211 MW.
KSBR has been one of the leading wind farm turnkey suppliers in the recent years, thanks to the expertise and reliability. KSBR’s ability to adapt to changing worksite conditions is in a class of its own.
– We are currently building a wind farm for OX2 in Ponsivuori of Kurikka and the Hedet farm for Nordex Group in Närpes. Both farms are scheduled for completion during this year, and Google will buy all of the power generated by Hedet, says Wind Power and Industrial Construction Director Juha Tuominen from KSBR.