Norway has awarded contracts worth around 20 billion kroner (£2.1 bn) to build eight new wind farms in a bid to triple its wind power capacity.
The contracts agreed with SAE Vind, Sarepta Energi and Zephyr will add 1.3GW of wind energy in the country – enough to power 185,000 homes – bringing the total to 2GW.
Norway is pushing to meet over two thirds of its energy supply with renewable sources by 2020 and has established a common market for green certificates with Sweden. The new wind farms will need to be up and running by 2020 to be eligible for the scheme.
The wind farms will be clustered around Trondheim, in the Trodelag region located in the centre of the country.
Minister for Petroleum and Energy Ola Borten Moe said: “This is a historic day for Norwegian wind production and will constitute a significant part of Norway’s renewable initiatives. I think such a concentrated development is important rather than a scattered development.”