As you drive along the highway between Paphos and Limassol, you can’t help but notice a new feature of the skyline – the new wind farm at Orites.
With the first phase due to be finished in late 2010, some the wind turbines are now in place in the mountainous Orites area of Kouklia in Paphos District.
The wind farm at Orites is the first ever wind farm to be built in Cyprus.
When the first phase of the project is complete, it will be an 84-megawatt wind farm with 41 2.05-megawatt turbines, producing almost 10% of the island’s total energy generation capacity.
Each of the turbines has a height of between 75 metres and 108 metres. The rotor diameter is 82m, resulting in a maximum height of the turbines of between 114 metres and 158 metres.
Subsequent phases give approval to extend the wind farm to be able to produce a total of 143.5-megawatts.
Orites is the first private sector power project on the island, and is also the first to benefit from a new 20-year fixed rate tariff that has recently been approved by the government of the Republic of Cyprus and the European Commission.
Commercial operations at the wind farm, located on the Orites Mountain on a site spread over 16 square kilometres, are scheduled to start at the end of 2010.
The wind farm is managed by DK Wind Supply Ltd. Suppliers include Vestas for the V90 2.05-megawatt turbines, while financing for the project was secured by Platina Partners LLP with debt financing arranged by Commerzbank, ING and NordLB, and the European Investment Bank (EIB) providing 50% of the project’s debt under a conventional project finance structure.
The project will contribute significantly to the government target of producing 13% of the country’s electricity from renewable sources by 2020. It also represents 27% of the required installed wind energy capacity of 300 MW by 2020, the developers say.
President of the House of Representatives Marios Garoyian, stated: “This project will put Cyprus on the map of electricity-producing countries with the use of wind power. This occasion marks a historic day for the progress of our country towards ‘green development.”
Chairman of DK Wind Supply Ltd., Akis Ellinas, said: “Our project is the biggest investment in renewable energy and the first wind energy investment in Cyprus. It represents an investment amounting to €170 million.”
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