Norwegian corporate consumers invest in own wind power

A number of energy consumers have started to evaluate their own investments in wind power production. The food retailer Norgesgruppen’s plan is to build five turbines giving an annual production of 50 GWh to cover 80 % of the total consumption at 12 warehouses around in Norway.

 So far almost all Norwegian wind power production is developed by traditional power producers. Total Norwegian capacity is now 860 MW producing just over 2 TWh a year. There are now indications in the market that some end consumers have started to evaluate their own investments in wind power production.

The first project of some size is the food retailer Norgesgruppen’s project close to their warehouse at Gjesdal near Stavanger. They plan to build five turbines giving a total capacity of 20 MW and an annual production of 50 GWh. This production will cover 80 % of the total consumption at 12 warehouses around Norway owned by the group. Investment will be around 20 million euros. Project income will partly be reduced cost to external electricity and income from the quota obligation scheme. Norgesgruppen also owns two PV-power plants. Together they produce 0.4 MWh PV-power a year, and that is close to 30 % of total grid connected PV-production in Norway.