The Norwegian government has approved the development of the Kvitfjell and Raudfjell wind parks outside the city of Tromsø. That will make the region the biggest producer of wind power in the whole Arctic.
The new parks will have an annual capacity of up to 800 GWh, enough to power 40.000 households. The park will be ready for production in 2017, Nord24.no reports with reference to a press release from the Conservative Party.
From before, the north Norwegian county of Troms produces 124 GWh (2014), figures from Patchwork Barents show. When adding the neighboring counties of Finnmark (200 GWh) and Nordland (100 GWh), North Norway in 2014 had a total generation of 424 GWh.
With the new wind parks, that volume will increased to more 1200 GWh per year.
As previously reported, northern Finland is today the biggest wind power producer in the Barents Region. In 2014, the northern Finnish regions of Lapland and Northern Ostrobotnia produced a combined 708 GWh, data from Patchwork Barents show.