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10 June 2024
The first offshore wind farm in the Baltics will be called Curonian Nord

Ignitis Renewables, an international green energy company, is developing the first offshore wind farm in the Baltics, which will be called Curonian Nord. This project is particularly important to the Lithuanian energy sector and is named in the honour of Curonians, a tribe that used to live on the shores of the Baltic Sea. The name is also associated with one of the most beautiful and unique locations in Lithuania and the region, the Curonian Spit.

“The development of offshore wind technologies is strategically important in the global pursuit of energy transition. In Lithuania these technologies have a huge potential. The Curonian Nord project will significantly contribute to the green future of the Lithuanian energy sector. It will also contribute to our purpose to create a 100% green and secure energy ecosystem for current and future generations,” said Darius Maikštėnas, CEO of Ignitis Group.

According to him, a successful implementation of the offshore project off the coast of Lithuania is fundamental to the country’s energy independence. Thanks to this project, a significant increase in local renewable electricity generation will eliminate the dependence on electricity imports, promote the region’s transition to a sustainable green energy hub and contribute to the plans to turn the Baltic states into energy exporters to Central and Western Europe.

The project will boost the economy of the coastal region and the entire country and support the local communities

According to Anne-Marie Roikjær, Project Director, as pioneers in the Baltic states, we will create an offshore wind competence hub in the region. “The significant investments related to the project and new high-skilled jobs will promote the economy of the coastal region and the entire country,” says A. Roikjær.

According to her, Lithuania will probably see an influx of new companies which will supply goods and provide services for the project, which in turn will create even more jobs and open more possibilities for the businesses. The coastal region has everything you need to establish a renewable energy research hub, attract partners from universities and R&D institutes.

By attracting private investors to Lithuania, creating new jobs and concluding transactions with local companies, the offshore wind project will directly benefit the coastal communities. Ignitis Renewables will also support their activities directly.

“During the construction of the project, we will look for ways to improve the quality of life of the communities, and after the offshore wind farm becomes operational, we will pay a generation fee. The aggregated funds will be allocated to improve the quality of life of the Lithuanian coastal communities and promote the economy. We will employ these measures to have a positive impact on the environment surrounding the wind farm now and in the future,” says the Project Director.

Focus on the protection of the Baltic Sea’s ecosystem

By developing the first offshore wind farm in the Baltics, Ignitis Renewables is expanding the green energy sector while protecting the environment. By carrying out a thorough environmental impact assessment (EIA), the company is ensuring that the project will contribute to the implementation of Lithuania’s energy goals and the protection of the Baltic Sea’s ecosystem.

“Green energy is closely related to nature and its preservation. The protection of the Baltic Sea’s ecosystem is one of the most important goals set out in our sustainability strategy. We will adhere to the best international practices to strike a balance between environmental protection and clean electricity generation. We will consult with highly qualified experts from Lithuania and other countries during all stages of the project’s development,” states A. Roikjær.

She notes that the offshore wind farm and its infrastructure will be designed and developed in accordance with the requirements of all relevant environmental legal acts.

About Curonian Nord

It is estimated that the 700 megawatt (MW) Curonian Nord wind farm, located in the Baltic Sea, will generate around 3 terawatt-hours (TWh) of green electricity per year, which would cover around a quarter of Lithuania’s current electricity demand.

The maritime area designated for the offshore wind farm is approximately 120 square kilometres. It is at least 37 km away from the shore and approximately 50 km away from the Port of Klaipėda. There will be up to 55 wind turbines with a maximum height of up to 350 metres. These parameters will depend on the findings of the studies, the environmental impact assessment, the adopted technologies and other conditions.

Based on the currently available information, the capacity and the location of the wind farm, its distance from the shore as well as the sea depth are all suitable for developing offshore capacities and correspond to the scopes and conditions of other offshore wind farm projects in Europe.

The project is led by Ignitis Renewables with partner Ocean Winds. More information about the project is available on the website curoniannord.com.

29 May 2024
First wind turbine erected in the largest wind farm under construction in the Baltics by Ignitis Renewables

The first wind turbine has been erected in the largest wind farm under construction in the Baltics by Ignitis Renewables, an international green energy company. It is 240 metres high and has an installed capacity of 7 megawatts (MW). These are the largest and most powerful wind turbines being built by the company. All 44 wind turbines in the Kelmė district are to be installed by the end of the year.

“We are now in the most intense and complex period of the wind farm construction, which will last until the end of this year. We are carrying out different tasks at the same time in different parts of the project. We are building roads, laying cables, installing the grid connection infrastructure, pouring the foundations for the next phase of the wind turbine construction, transporting the parts of the wind turbines from the Port of Klaipėda and installing the wind turbines when they arrive at the location,” says Giedrius Meškelė, Head of Renewables Lithuania at Ignitis Renewables.

According to him, the Kelmė wind farm will be equipped with wind turbines manufactured by Nordex. The installation will continue until the end of the year with commissioning taking place at the same time. Most of the wind turbines will be 240 metres high (including the tower and the blades) with blade rotation diameter of up to 163 metres. One wind turbine will have an installed capacity of 7 MW.

Installation of a wind turbine is a complex and precise process. Once the access road and foundations are prepared, the bulky parts of the wind turbines, including tower elements, nacelle, blades, are brought in. The first components of the wind turbines started moving out of the Port of Klaipėda at the end of March and will be delivered by the end of the year. Abnormal loads are escorted by the police and transported at night in order to avoid inconveniencing other road users and local residents.

The commercial operation of the wind farm is expected to start in 2025. The total potential capacity of the wind farm is 300 MW and the electricity it generates will be enough to cover the demand of 250,000 households in Lithuania, which is equivalent to an area the size of the Kaunas district.

Kelmė district is one of the most developed centres in Lithuania in terms of renewable energy and the wind farm of Ignitis Renewables, currently under construction, is another important step in expanding the company’s portfolio of wind farm projects in Lithuania and increasing its green generation capacity.

The investments in the Kelmė wind farm, including the acquisition and construction costs, are expected to reach around EUR 550 million.

17 May 2024
Ignitis Renewables presented seabed survey data to Lithuania’s scientific community

International green energy company Ignitis Renewables, together with its partner Fugro, presented seabed exploratory survey data to the country’s scientific community at a conference organised by Klaipėda University. The data was collected as part of the company’s preparations to build an offshore wind farm in the Baltic Sea, off the coast of Lithuania.

For this project, detailed seabed surveys were carried out to assess the conditions of the Baltic seabed, to decide where to locate the wind turbines, and to make decisions on their construction and design.

The geophysical survey vessel Fugro Frontier has covered around 2,000 kilometres in the Baltic Sea collecting high-quality data. The survey vessel carried out an in-depth analysis of a 120 square-kilometre area in the Baltic Sea for an offshore wind farm, collecting 2D ultra-ultra high-resolution (UHRS) sub-surface data, as well as bathymetry, sidescan sonar, and magnetometer data.

“The area of the Baltic seabed for the development of the first offshore wind farm in the Baltic States has never been studied in such detail before. Our aim is to ensure that the very detailed data collected will not only be used for the development of the offshore wind project, but also presented to the Lithuanian scientific community and seabed researchers. This is another benefit of the project,” says Communications Partner at Ignitis Renewables Paulius Kalmantas.

He points out that a unique energy project and the seabed data collected for its design as well as more information about a previously undiscovered shipwreck at the bottom of the sea were presented to the conference attendees. “This unexpected discovery of a shipwreck has attracted the attention of researchers and the wider public. The information is being further analysed, but we are already sharing this discovery and the related details with Lithuanian researchers and historians,” says P. Kalmantas.

The 700 megawatt (MW) offshore wind farm being built by Ignitis Renewables in the Baltic Sea could generate around 3 terawatt-hours (TWh) of green electricity annually, which would meet a quarter of Lithuania’s current electricity demand. The project will significantly increase the production of domestic electricity from renewable energy sources, eliminating dependence on electricity imports, promoting the region’s transformation into a sustainable green energy hub, and contributing to plans to turn the Baltic States into energy exporters to Central Europe.

The conference Sea and Coastal Research, organised by the Marine Research Institute of Klaipėda University, is aimed at Lithuanian researchers, representatives of business and industry as well as the public sector who wish to share research results, good examples of cooperation between science and business, and other relevant issues.

6 May 2024
A unique sight: giant parts are on their way to the largest Ignitis Renewables wind farm in the Baltic States

International green energy company Ignitis Renewables transports large wind farm components from the Port of Klaipėda to Kelmė District, where it is developing the largest onshore wind farm in the Baltics. The wind turbines will be installed this year, while electricity generation will begin in 2025.

The blades and nacelles of the wind turbines are travelling along the motorway and the roads of Klaipėda, Raseiniai and Kelmė Districts to the future wind farm, where other infrastructure works are already underway: cables are being laid, access roads are being constructed, and the foundations of the turbines are being poured.

The unusually large cargo is being transported from the Port of Klaipėda at nighttime to avoid traffic disruption and inconvenience to local residents.

“The project in Kelmė District will allow us to increase the production of green energy significantly and meet the growing demand for it in the region. In this way, we are contributing to Lithuania’s energy security and to mitigating the factors affecting climate change, to phase out fossil fuels and reduce pollution,” says Paulius Kalmantas, Communication Partner at Ignitis Renewables.

The parts of the wind turbines were delivered to the Port of Klaipėda by their manufacturer, Nordex. The parts will be transported by land until the end of 2024.

Each wind turbine part is 50 to more than 80 metres long, requiring special transport and road infrastructure preparation. For this reason, the company is continuously investing in the infrastructure, improvements and other works in the municipalities through which the routes for transporting the oversized loads needed for the wind farm pass.

Ignitis Renewables is developing the wind farm in two phases, with a total of 44 turbines. Commercial operation date is planned in 2025. The park will have a total capacity of 300 megawatts (MW) and will generate enough electricity to power 250,000 households in Lithuania.

16 April 2024
A mobile educational exposition powered by Ignitis Renewables starts its journey across Lithuania

On the eve of national Energy Day in Lithuania, a specialised educational platform dedicated to informing the public about renewable energy starts its journey across Lithuania. The platform is powered by Ignitis Renewables, an international green energy company developing renewable energy projects in the Baltic States and Poland. With this educational tool the company continues its support the programme #EnergySmartSTART.

“We invite everyone to go on an adventure with renewable energy! Our educational platform will provide an innovative introduction to using sustainable resources to generate electricity. The platform will travel all across Lithuania – it will visit communities where we are already developing or planning to develop renewable energy projects, various festivals and events, and also educational institutions,” says Vaiva Rutkauskaitė, the Head of Educational Programmes at Ignitis Group.

She emphasises that one of the company’s goals is to educate people about energy and, in particular, production of electricity from renewable sources. “Easy to understand and engaging content increases people’s understanding of the benefits of green transformation. Visitors to this mobile educational exhibition will be able to learn about onshore and offshore wind and solar power generation, take a virtual tour inside a wind farm and much more,” says V. Rutkauskaitė.

With the launch of this educational platform, Ignitis Renewables furthers its involvement with the programme #EnergySmartSTART, which has been running successfully in Lithuania for three years and is aimed at schoolchildren, students and anyone interested in learning about the energy sector. The energy companies that have joined the programme implement various initiatives, organise excursions for students, meet with specialists, establish special scholarships for students and introduce them to career opportunities in the energy sector.

Ignitis Renewables implements green energy projects to promote changes in the renewable energy sector of the region. The company is the first company in the Baltic States to develop an offshore wind farm project and is building the country’s largest onshore wind farm in Kelmė District. The company contributes to the decarbonisation of the energy sector, development of renewable energy sources, development and application of innovative solutions, sustainable growth as well as public education.

15 April 2024
Ignitis Renewables is participating in the second Lithuanian offshore wind tender

Ignitis Renewables, an international green energy company, is participating in the tender of the second 700 megawatt (MW) Lithuanian offshore wind farm in the Baltic Sea. The company has submitted the necessary documents and the bid to the National Energy Regulatory Council (NERC), which is organising the tender.

The decision to participate in the second tender is driven by the change in the project implementation schedule. Under the terms of the tender, the project will have to be implemented within 8 years. This means that the investment schedule will potentially not coincide with the implementation of the first Lithuanian offshore wind farm project, which, in the event of a successful tender, will make it financially feasible to successfully implement both projects.

Ignitis Renewables is capable of participating in this tender on its own since the company has won the rights to develop offshore wind projects in Lithuania and Estonia, which satisfy the tender qualification requirements. “Our long-term strategy is to develop projects with reliable and experienced partners, and if we win the tender, we will immediately start the partner selection process,” says Thierry Aelens, CEO at Ignitis Renewables.

He highlighted that the company is pursuing Ignitis Group’s goal to increase its green generation capacity 4 times, from the current 1.3 to 4–5 gigawatts (GW). The pursuit of this ambitious goal does not change the company’s offshore wind development strategy, and the development of wind farms at the Baltic Sea will continue to play a major role in it.

In 2023, Ignitis Renewables and its partner, Ocean Winds, were successful in the first 700 MW Lithuanian offshore wind tender. Currently, the project has already received a permit to use a part of the maritime area for the development and operation of renewable energy capacities. Additionally, the company, together with its partner, Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP), were successful in two Estonian tenders for developing offshore wind projects in the Baltic Sea, territories Liivi 1 and Liivi 2.

Successful development of wind farms in the Baltic Sea is a very significant step towards regional energy independence. Thanks to such projects, a significant increase in local electricity production from renewable energy sources will diminish the dependence on electricity imports, promote the region’s transition to a sustainable green energy hub and contribute to the plans to turn the Baltic States into energy exporters to Central Europe.

11 April 2024
The future of Ignitis Renewables’ green offshore wind energy: a thriving and protected Baltic Sea

Ignitis Renewables, an international green energy company, demonstrates its commitment to the environment and a more sustainable future. By joining the expedition Save the Baltic Sea, the company has added another important measure to its list of environmental initiatives. The company is actively involved in a wide range of educational activities to raise awareness of environmental issues in the region and to encourage business and society to become more involved in addressing them. As an important step towards green energy, this is another way to ensure that the turbines of the first offshore wind farm in Lithuania, which will be built by Ignitis Renewables, will operate for many years in the clean and vibrant Baltic Sea.

“By joining the expedition, we aim not only to showcase the beauty of the Baltic Sea, but also to remind everyone that, no matter where we live or what we do, we are all responsible for the health of the Baltic Sea. The Save the Baltic Sea team believes that by joining forces we can contribute to the preservation of the Baltic Sea ecosystems. We support this initiative too, with green energy projects that promote change in the renewable energy sector in our region. In this way, we can contribute to the decarbonisation of the energy sector, the development of renewable energy sources, the development and application of innovative solutions, sustainable growth and public education,” says Agnė Lukoševičienė, environmental expert at Ignitis Renewables, who is responsible for the offshore wind project.

According to her, in order to reduce the negative impacts on the Baltic Sea, it is first necessary to understand the scale of the problem and to target measures according to their impact on the ecosystem. The expert is convinced that the state of the Baltic Sea can be significantly improved through research, impact assessment, a better understanding of the ecosystem, prioritisation of threats, and introduction of appropriate measures.

“We need to change everyone’s habits at all levels: business, national and regional. The Baltic Sea is a place where many interests – tourism, fishing, shipping, resource extraction, defence, energy and more – intersect. And all of these activities need to be carried out in an environmentally friendly manner. The more people understand how our actions affect the marine environment, the easier it will be to bring about change,” says the environmental expert.

The aim is to educate the public and inspire people to make changes

According to A. Lukoševičienė, the most important mission of the expedition Save the Baltic Sea is to spread knowledge, educate the public and inspire people to bring about changes. The expert points out that many people in the Baltic Sea region do not even realise the extent of the environmental problems affecting the sea, their causes and the long-term impact on the ecology and economy.

“By raising awareness, we can empower society to make the necessary changes: to review consumption habits, to recycle more carefully, to reduce the inflow of nutrients into the sea by reviewing crops fertilization practices and manage wastewater more responsibly, or, for example, to promote the development of renewable energy in the region, which will not only contribute to climate change mitigation goals, but also to the improvement of biodiversity state in the Baltic Sea,” says the environmental expert at Ignitis Renewables.

The Baltic Sea, with its unique ecosystem, is a recreational destination and a source of livelihood for all the countries around it. According to A. Lukoševičienė, the Baltic Sea has recently faced a number of challenges – pollution, eutrophication, habitat degradation and others – that have exacerbated both the environmental problems and the problems of society groups that depend on the Baltic Sea economically.

“Meeting these challenges properly requires a concerted effort from everyone. Raising environmental awareness, integrating sustainability into development decisions, transforming the energy sector, reducing carbon dioxide emissions and promoting renewable energy are all necessary to meet both international and national climate change targets,” comments the expert.

The offshore wind farm is a step towards clean energy

The offshore wind farm being developed by Ignitis Renewables is an important step towards clean energy. Lithuania will become the first Baltic state to generate electricity from offshore wind. A. Lukoševičienė notes that the construction of offshore wind turbines entails a great responsibility to educate the public about the project. The company is committed to raising topical issues related to the development of this type of project and thus stimulating public debate.

“Our goal is not just energy production. We aim to strike a balance between clean energy production and environmental protection, to raise awareness of the benefits of offshore wind energy for the country and the Baltic region as a whole,” emphasises the company’s representative.

A. Lukoševičienė says that even if there are no mandatory environmental procedures, in all countries where Ignitis Renewables operates, local experts are involved in the development of the projects, offering their recommendations on how the company can contribute to the environmental status of the area being developed. Preparations for the construction of the first offshore wind farm are also being carried out in a very responsible manner, with an environmental impact assessment covering not only national requirements but also international best practices.

“Actions and initiatives that promote an environmentally responsible business model undoubtedly contribute to maintaining a clean and vibrant environment. By sharing best practices and their results, we encourage others to find a balance between business and nature in their activities,” comments the environmental expert.

The environmental impact of power plants is carefully assessed

A. Lukoševičienė notes that Ignitis Renewables takes a responsible approach to the impact of its activities on nature and assesses its dependence on natural resources. The company is also aware of the fragility of the balance of nature and the potentially significant losses that could be caused by disturbing it. According to the expert, restoring resources can be costly, difficult, and sometimes impossible.

“Our aim is not only to reduce our impact on the environment, but also to contribute to improving the state of nature. For example, in solar farms, we monitor flora and fauna. We leave part of the area for natural vegetation, and we do not enclose the parks with impenetrable fences so that animals can move freely. Under the right conditions, we provide feeding and resting places for birds of prey,” says the expert, listing specific measures to reduce the environmental impact of Ignitis Renewables facilities.

According to her, a lot of attention is paid to birds in the development of wind farms, and there is close cooperation with ornithologists. The impact of the farm is assessed not only before the wind turbines are put into operation, but also after they are operational. Additional mitigation measures are put in place when problem areas are identified.

“This could include shutting down turbines or reducing the number of turbines in operation on key bird migration days. Even after applying these solutions additional monitoring is carried out for one year,” says the environmental expert, adding that the operations of Ignitis Renewables wind farms are also aligned with the life cycle of bats by limiting the lighting of the farms and avoiding white light.

Ignitis Renewables operates within the environmentally responsible business model of Ignitis Group, with key environmental objectives written into the Group’s strategy and plan. Ignitis Group is strengthening its contribution to the decarbonisation of Europe and to energy security in the region. The company plans to achieve a zero GHG emissions balance by 2040–2050 and to increase its green generation capacity to 4–5 gigawatts (GW) by 2030.

15 March 2024
Silesia I wind farm in Poland has reached commercial operation date

The Silesia I wind farm in Poland, developed by international green energy company Ignitis Renewables, has reached the start of commercial operation, bringing Ignitis Renewables closer to the company’s green production targets. With the development of the new projects, the company is advancing the target of Ignitis Group to enable green and flexible capacity build-out and to deliver 4–5 gigawatts (GW) of installed green generation capacities by 2030.

“We are strongly committed to our purpose to create a 100% green and secure energy ecosystem for current and future generations in our region. This is why we are investing more than ever in renewable energy projects in the Baltics and Poland,” says Darius Maikštėnas, CEO of Ignitis Group.

The project is located in south-western Poland, Lower Silesian Voivodeship, near the border with Czech Republic. It consists of 14 wind turbines with a capacity of 3.6 megawatts (MW) each. The 50 MW park is estimated to generate around 122 gigawatt-hours (GWh) of clean renewable energy per year, enough to power around 30,000 households in Poland.

With the start of commercial operation of the Silesia I wind farm, the total installed capacity of Ignitis Group’s green generation reached 1.4 GW (up from 1.3 GW). The total investment in this project is around €75 million. The electricity generated by the wind farm will be sold through contract for difference (CfD) contracts. 

14 March 2024
Ignitis Renewables invites to Save the Baltic Sea together

International green energy company Ignitis Renewables supports the expedition Save the Baltic Sea and invites to pay attention to the ecological state of the sea and work together in preserving the Baltic Sea. During the nine-month walk around the Baltic Sea, the expedition and its partners will invite citizens, governments, organisations and businesses to take active steps to preserve the sea for future generations.

As a part of its long-term strategy, Ignitis Renewables emphasises the importance of decarbonising the energy sector, developing renewable energy, creating innovative solutions and sustainable growth, while respecting the principles of environmental protection, social responsibility and good corporate governance.

“We are the first in the Baltic States to develop offshore energy projects, using the wind and sea and taking significant steps towards energy independence for the entire region. For us, the Baltic Sea is not just a pleasant sight and refreshing waves on a hot summer’s day, it is a path to a green and independent tomorrow. We must preserve the Baltic Sea for future generations, because we are stronger, more powerful and more independent,” says Paulius Kalmantas, Communications Partner at Ignitis Renewables.

According to him, the company seeks to ensure the region’s energy security and independence through the development of green energy, environmental protection and climate change mitigation. One of the largest projects currently underway to achieve these goals is the first offshore wind farm in Lithuania and the Baltic States.

“Offshore wind power generation is an innovation for all of us and a great opportunity to raise awareness of the Baltic Sea, and Ignitis Renewables invites to preserve the Baltic Sea together. Green energy is closely linked to nature and its preservation, and the protection of the ecosystem of the Baltic Sea is one of the key objectives of the sustainability strategy of the company,” says P. Kalmantas.

The main goal of the expedition Save the Baltic Sea is raiding awareness and educational activities. The expedition will educate the public about the state of aquatic ecosystems, the impact of human activities on the sea, and the ways that everyone can reduce their contribution to the loss of marine biodiversity and pollution, as they travel around the Baltic Sea.

Sad statistics show that the Baltic Sea is one of the top five most polluted seas in the world. The international team of the expedition Save the Baltic Sea, supported by Ignitis Renewables, is sure that by joining forces, everyone can contribute to preserving the Baltic Sea. This message will be carried by the participants of the expedition as they walk 6,000 kilometres around the Baltic Sea.

13 March 2024
Klaipėda District residents support the development of renewable energy in Lithuania

Climate change is a threat that can be tackled by replacing traditional energy sources with renewable energy generation. This is the view of a growing number of Lithuanian citizens, including residents of the Klaipėda district elderships of Vėžaičiai and Endriejavas. In these elderships, 85 percent of residents agree that climate change is affecting the world, and 65 percent believe that renewable energy generation is an important factor in stopping climate change. The majority of residents in Vėžaičiai and Endriejavas elderships support the development of wind and solar parks in their neighbourhoods.

On the initiative of Ignitis Renewables, an international green energy company, the KOG Institute of Marketing and Communication Sciences conducted a representative survey of the residents of Vėžaičiai and Endriejavas elderships. During live meetings in October and November 2023, 250 inhabitants aged 16 years and older were interviewed.

The survey also revealed that 81 percent of the residents of these elderships in Klaipėda District welcome the development of renewable energy in Lithuania.

In addition, 85 percent of respondents believe that it is strategically important for Lithuania to secure energy independence and to generate all the electricity it needs itself. Two thirds (65 percent) of respondents believe that the generation of energy from wind, solar and other renewable sources can make a significant contribution to Lithuania’s economic growth. Sixty-one percent believe renewable energy generation can serve the needs of the local community, and 58 percent believe it can benefit the regional economy.

“The survey data reflects global trends showing that people are increasingly aware and supportive of renewable energy projects. This reflects a growing environmental awareness and a willingness to be part of the changes that will help to stop climate change. The development of renewable energy is the foundation of the world’s energy transformation and the support of the population for wind and solar power projects is therefore crucial. The survey showed that there is no shortage of such support from the residents of Vėžaičiai and Endriejavas elderships in Klaipėda District,” says Lina Žibienė, Head of Environment and Permitting at Ignitis Renewables.

No climate change in one’s own backyard

Dr Judita Liukaitytė-Kukienė, Advisor to the Climate Policy Group at the Ministry of Environment, elaborates on the impacts of climate change. “In many surveys we see that climate change seems far away before it reaches our homes. However, coastal residents have already faced a number of flooding emergencies this winter. Last summer’s storms also caused a lot of damage in various municipalities across Lithuania. The climate is becoming more and more extreme, and we can see that the damage to Lithuania is also considerable. According to the European Environment Agency, in 2021 alone, the damage amounted to EUR 93 million,” says the environmental expert.

Seventy percent of the residents of Vėžaičiai and Endriejavas elderships think that climate change is a threat to Lithuania and the Baltic region as a whole, but only 30 percent of respondents think that the area they live in is under threat. In other words, they do not see how global issues can affect them personally.

“Data from a representative survey conducted during the live meetings with residents shows that residents of Vėžaičiai and Endriejavas elderships of Klaipėda District understand the threat of climate change and are not indifferent to global environmental problems. The vast majority (84 percent) also understand that every person and business can contribute to solving these problems,” says L. Žibienė.

The attitudes of the inhabitants of Vėžaičiai and Endriejavas elderships are similar to those of other Europeans. A Europe-wide survey of 26 European countries carried out at the end of last year by the research company Norstat showed that two thirds of Europeans welcome the development of solar and wind parks.

Energy projects are valuable for communities

“Maintaining close relationships with the communities in which we operate and with non-governmental organisations is one of the key principles of our sustainable and responsible operations. We want the renewable energy projects we build and manage to create value for the region as a whole, for local communities and businesses. Partnerships based on mutual trust are important to us, so we try to listen to the needs of the population and find opportunities for sustainable cooperation,” says the expert of Ignitis Renewables.

According to L. Žibienė, the development of renewable energy is not only vital to achieving climate goals and Lithuania’s energy independence, but also boosts the economy, allows attracting investment, creating jobs, and improving local infrastructure as well as contributes to regional development.

Green energy projects are being developed in Lithuania in a targeted manner and green energy reaches the homes of electricity consumers more and more often.  

Ignitis Renewables is currently carrying out environmental impact assessment procedures in Vėžaičiai and Endriejavas elderships, assessing 40 potential wind plant sites. Their total power could reach up to 250 megawatts (MW). The company is also considering the installation of a solar park and electricity storage facilities in this part of Klaipėda District. 

5 March 2024
Ignitis Renewables gathers wind and meteorological measurements in the Baltic Sea

Ignitis Renewables, an international green energy company, continues the development of the first offshore wind farm in the Baltic States and is taking wind and meteorological measurements in the Baltic Sea that are necessary for the project. For this purpose, a floating measuring station with specialised equipment was brought to the maritime area of the future offshore wind farm.

The measuring station, which was put on a special buoy, will provide environmental monitoring data in real time to help make decisions on developing the project of strategic importance to Lithuania’s energy sector. These data will also help the company to achieve its goal to install offshore wind turbines of 700-megawatt (MW) capacity by 2030. Such capacity would meet up to a quarter of Lithuania’s current electricity demand.

“To have accurate data on prevailing wind speeds and other hydro-meteorological parameters such as wave height, direction and speed of currents, air and water temperature as well as bat activity in the maritime area of the offshore wind farm, our partner Fugro, towed one of their wind LiDAR buoy’s using specialised equipment to the maritime area of the future offshore wind farm and secured it,” says Dainius Stepanonis, Project Manager at Ignitis Renewables who is responsible for marine research.

According to him, this is a very important step in the implementation of the largest current energy project in Lithuania. World-class experts and the latest technology are used to carry out the work. “All the work in the territory will be completed within a few days, while the installed equipment will be left to collect and continuously transfer data remotely for at least a year, with the option, if necessary, to continue studies for a longer period,” says D. Stepanonis.

The expert from Ignitis Renewables clarifies that wind speed is measured at different altitudes from 20 to 280 metres, while water parameters are measured at depths of up to 4 metres. These data are crucial for selecting future wind turbine models, estimating the necessary investments, designing the turbine layout and their period of operation, and assessing other important aspects. Specialists conducting the studies are particularly interested in data of the winter period because in winter, the winds are the strongest and meteorological conditions are the worst.

It is planned that Lithuania will be the first of the Baltic States to have an offshore wind farm. The maritime area in the Baltic Sea designated for the offshore wind farm is approximately 120 square kilometres and is located at least 36 km away from the shore, approximately 60 km away from the Port of Klaipėda. The depth at the maritime area ranges from 28 to 48 metres, and the average annual wind speed there is around 9–10 m/s. It is these data that will be adjusted during this stage. 

The number of wind turbines to be erected there will be up to 55, with a maximum height of around 350 metres. All of these parameters will depend on the findings of studies, the environmental impact assessment, adopted technologies and other conditions. Based on the currently available information, the capacity, location of the wind turbines, their distance from the shore as well as the sea depth are all suitable for wind energy development and corresponds to the scope and conditions of other offshore wind farm projects in Europe.

Offshore wind is much more efficient and reliable for generating electricity compared to onshore wind. At sea, the wind is not obstructed by natural barriers such as trees, mountains or buildings. This makes electricity generation more efficient and reliable. Offshore wind is an especially reliable energy source as green electricity can be generated even when wind speed on the shore seems low.

22 February 2024
Ignitis Renewables launches environmental impact assessment for offshore wind farm

Ignitis Renewables, an international green energy company, is preparing to build the country’s first offshore wind farm in the Baltic Sea and, in compliance with the imposed requirements, has prepared an environmental impact assessment (EIA) programme for this project, which is of great importance to Lithuania’s energy sector. The environmental impact assessment itself will be prepared on the basis of this programme.

The preparation of the EIA programme is another milestone on the road to the successful implementation of the project. According to Anne-Marie Roikjær, Project Director for offshore wind farm, green energy is closely related to nature and its conservation. The protection of the Baltic Sea ecosystem is one of the key objectives of the company’s sustainability strategy.

“When we develop renewable energy projects, the environment is inevitably affected, but to achieve a balance between clean electricity generation and nature protection, we will take all appropriate measures to minimise the environmental impact of the offshore wind farm, and when the impact cannot be avoided, we will implement compensatory measures to improve the state of the environment,” says A. Roikjær.

According to the Project Director, throughout the development of the offshore wind farm the best international practices will be followed, including consultations with highly qualified professionals and experts from Lithuania and other countries, who will bring their experience and knowledge to the project in Lithuania. The objective is to ensure that the environmental impact assessment and procedures for this project meet not only Lithuanian requirements, but also the strictest European and international requirements.

According to Lina Žibienė, Head of Environment and Permitting at Ignitis Renewables, there are several objectives of the environmental impact assessment. First, it is necessary to identify and assess the impact of the planned wind farm on individual environmental components, i.e. land surface and areas below, air, water, landscape, and biodiversity, with particular attention paid to protected animal, plant species and areas.

L. Žibienė stresses that it is equally important to assess the impact on public health and other social aspects. The purpose of the environmental impact assessment is to ensure a high level of environmental protection and the integration of environmental aspects into the implementation of the project. Also, to provide for measures to avoid, minimise or compensate for possible negative impacts and to ensure that the planned activities comply with the requirements of the legislation and best practices on environmental impact, human health, cultural heritage and public safety.

The EIA report was commissioned by Ignitis Renewables. The assessment will be carried out and the report will be compiled by the Coastal Research and Planning Institute. The EIA report coordination procedures and a final decision on the environmental impact of the offshore wind farm is expected to be received by the end of 2025. This decision will be taken by the Environmental Protection Agency, after considering the comments submitted by the public and taking into account the conclusions of the entities of the EIA.

The report will assess the offshore wind farm planned in the Baltic Sea, whose designated maritime area is approximately 120 square kilometres. The farm area is located at least 36 km away from the shore, approximately 60 km away from the Port of Klaipėda. The depth ranges from 28 to 48 metres and the whole area falls within the zone of average annual wind speeds of 9–10 m/s. The potential number of wind turbines to be erected will be up to 55, with a maximum height of up to 350 metres.

The final technical parameters of the farm will depend both on the conclusions of the surveys carried out during the environmental impact assessment and on the technological and other conditions existing at the time. It is important to note that the wind speed and other measurements necessary for the implementation of the project, as well as geotechnical and geophysical surveys of the seabed as well as other preparations, which will be used during the EIA process as well, are currently in progress.

It is planned that the 700-megawatt (MW) wind farm in the Baltic Sea, which will be operational around 2030, could generate around 3 terawatt-hours (TWh) of green electricity per year, which would meet a quarter of Lithuania’s current electricity demand.

20 February 2024
Ignitis Renewables to commence work on its solar portfolio in Latvia

Ignitis Renewables, a leading international green energy company operating in the Baltic states and Poland, has made the final investment decision on its 239 megawatt (MW) solar portfolio in Latvia, the largest of its kind in the Baltic states, with construction works to commence in the first quarter of this year. This decision marks a significant milestone in the region’s journey towards decarbonisation and energy security and reaffirms Ignitis Renewables’ commitment to creating a green and secure energy ecosystem.

“Latvia is a part of our home market, where Ignitis Renewables is actively expanding its activities and sees great growth opportunities. A third of our total project pipeline is in Latvia. The decision to move forward with construction marks an important step in our expansion within the Baltic states and its broader strategy for green energy development,” stated Thierry Aelens, CEO at Ignitis Renewables.

He emphasises the strategic importance of this development. “This investment decision aligns perfectly with our mission to expand our green generation segment. These projects in Latvia are pivotal for our progress towards our goal to install 4–5 gigawatts (GW) of green generation capacities by 2030,” he stated.

This portfolio comprises three separate solar power plants in Latvia, a 94 MW Vārme solar project and a 145 MW Stelpe solar project, consisting of two stand-alone developments. In total, the installed capacity of the planned solar parks should reach up to 239 MW. This will be enough to cover the electricity demand of around 100,000 households in Latvia per year. With grid capacity fully secured for these installations, the projects are poised to significantly bolster the renewable energy production in the region.

The Vārme solar power plant will be in Vārme parish, Kuldīgas county, while the Stelpe power plants will be in Barbele and Stelpe parishes, Bauskas county. The construction of the solar power plants is expected to commence in in the first quarter of 2024, with completion and commercial operation scheduled for 2025. Additionally, wind hybridisation options have been identified for all solar power plants, aiming to utilise the same grid connection points.

The total investment for this ambitious initiative is estimated at up to EUR 178 million, encompassing both construction and project acquisition costs. Within the coming years, Ignitis Renewables is planning to invest around EUR 700 million in Latvia. Most of the investments will be directed towards renewable energy projects.

Emphasis on community engagement and support

Sustainable and close cooperation with communities that are located near the renewable energy projects in operation, under construction and under development is at the core of the company’s approach.

“Partnership with local communities is the basis of sustainable development of Ignitis Renewables. We care about the environment we work in, and so we are open to suggestions on how we could create a more sustainable world together. We want for our renewable energy projects in operation and under construction to create value for the entire region, local communities and business. A partnership based on mutual trust is important to us, so we try to listen to the needs of local communities and find opportunities for sustainable cooperation,” said Baiba Lāce, Head of Ignitis Renewables in Latvia.

Ignitis Renewables is pleased to announce the continuation of its community support initiative for the third consecutive year. This program will extend financial aid to local communities neighbouring the Vārme and Stelpe solar park projects.

Following the successful allocation of funds in the previous year to community projects in Lithuania and Poland, Ignitis Renewables reaffirms its commitment to enhancing local well-being. In 2023, the company allocated a total of EUR 350,000 to various projects, furthering its dedication to positively impact the regions surrounding its renewable energy projects.

Environmental protection is at the forefront throughout the projects’ development

Ignitis Renewables is pioneering a unique environmental protection initiative in their Vārme and Stelpe solar park projects, a first in Latvia. This initiative goes beyond the standard mandated environmental care practices, introducing a tailored program of environmental measures within solar parks under development by the company.

This program, initiated in collaboration with Latvian birds and mammal specialists, aims to not only safeguard local species but also enhance their habitat in areas surrounding the planned projects. Measures include installing hunting perches for predatory birds and creating safe passages for larger animals with ramps and special gates at the solar power plants.

Additionally, in partnership with experts from the Latvian Nature Foundation, Ignitis Renewables has developed a strategy to reintroduce natural meadow habitats and grasslands. Landscape professionals have also contributed, offering guidance for implementing measures that preserve the natural landscape. This holistic approach underscores Ignitis Renewables’ commitment to environmental protection in renewable energy development.

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17 January 2024
Ignitis Renewables and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners win a second seabed site in Estonia’s offshore wind tender

International green energy company Ignitis Renewables and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) through its Growth Markets Fund II are the winners of the auction-based competitive tender for development of an offshore wind farm in the Liivi 1 sea area in Estonia, having placed the highest bid in the amount of EUR 1.16 million.

Having previously won the Liivi 2 site in Estonia’s first offshore wind tender held in December 2023, Ignitis Renewables and CIP see the adjacent site of Liivi 1 as a natural extension of the seabed area which will allow for greater synergy and optimisation in developing the sites as a single offshore wind project.

The maritime area of both sites is located in the Gulf of Riga, northwest of Ruhnu Island, near Estonia’s Baltic Sea coast covering in total approximately 193 square kilometres. While the theoretical potential capacity of both sites is calculated to be 2.3 gigawatts (GW), depending on environmental impact assessment results, site optimization as well as other factors, the actual capacity of the offshore wind park will be 1–1.5 GW. The project is expected to become operational around 2035.

Ignitis Renewables and CIP have signed an agreement to collaborate exclusively on offshore wind opportunities in Estonia and Latvia. The partnership leverages Ignitis Renewables’ leading market position in the Baltic region and CIP’s global offshore wind expertise.

Having now secured both the Liivi 1 and Liivi 2 sea areas, CIP and Ignitis Renewables have a strategic position to optimize the scale and potential of the sites, representing a key investment in Estonia’s and the region’s transformation into a sustainable, long-term green energy hub in Europe.

9 January 2024
Ignitis Renewables appointed a Project Director for offshore wind park

Ignitis Renewables, an international green energy company, has appointed Anne-Marie Roikjær as Project Director for Lithuania’s first offshore wind farm developed together with Ocean Winds.

“We are thrilled to announce the appointment of A. Roikjær as our Project Director for the offshore wind farm in Lithuania. This marks a significant milestone in our journey towards delivering the first offshore wind project in the Baltics. This appointment is a clear indication of our commitment to this goal. Her impressive track record stands testament to the capability to lead such a significant and challenging project,” stated Thierry Aelens, CEO at Ignitis Renewables.

“I am very excited to join Ignitis Renewables, the leading green energy company in the Baltics and the development of offshore renewable energy in Lithuania. The offshore wind project is a cornerstone of this vision,” says A. Roikjær.

The newly appointed Project Director boasts an impressive professional background with extensive experience at Vattenfall, she served as Lead Technical Project Manager for the Norfolk Vanguard and Boreas offshore wind farms. Her responsibilities included overseeing the technical development of transmission grids and wind farms, ensuring compliance with project requirements and managing other significant aspects. Her prior roles at Bladt Industries and DONG Energy (Ørsted) further highlight her expertise in technical project management in the offshore wind sector.

This experience is particularly relevant as it aligns with Ignitis Renewables’ strategy of leveraging international expertise in local projects.

The Project Director will oversee project strategy development, detailed planning, site assessments, and selection of development solutions. The Director will be also responsible for securing all the necessary authorisations and permits for construction and operation and for managing extensive studies for regulatory compliance.

The offshore wind farm development is a crucial step towards Lithuania’s energy independence. This significant project will notably elevate local electricity production from renewable sources, thereby lessening dependence on imported electricity.

19 December 2023
Working closer to the sky: who are the professionals in charge of wind farm maintenance?

Engineering skills, high-altitude skills and a keen analytical mind. Wind turbine technicians are versatile. They are the people who help Ignitis Renewables, an international green energy company, ensure the smooth development of its wind farms, which is gaining momentum.

The most efficient performance of wind turbines is achieved through proper maintenance. This includes regular inspections for oil changes, various tests and inspections and repairs. Using specialised equipment, technicians inspect the blades of the wind turbine, the casing that houses the main components of the turbine, the tower itself, the generator and other components.

Ignitis Renewables is already starting to use advanced technology such as drones to assess the condition of wind turbines, but most maintenance and repair work is not automated.

Qualified engineers on staff 

Virginijus Jagela, Head of Maintenance and Management at Ignitis Renewables, points out that the people involved in maintaining wind turbines have a highly analytical mindset. According to V. Jagela, they must be able to analyse individual system parameters, detect changes in them and understand their impact on the operation of the wind turbine.

V. Jagela points out that the maintenance of wind turbines involves specialists from various fields.

“Turbines are serviced by technicians who know electromechanics. They look after the generator and other electrical components. There are also mechanics who are responsible for operating and monitoring the gearbox and other mechanical components. They monitor the condition of the gearboxes, change the lubricants, monitor the condition of the tower and other similar tasks. Other specialist teams carry out tasks such as wing maintenance, etc. These people spend most of their time hanging on the blades and inspecting their surface. They look for cracks and repair them,” says an Ignitis Renewables expert.

He adds that wind turbine technicians also work on the power plants, maintaining their lifts and other lifting mechanisms. Cranes are also used for major repairs and are operated by specially trained teams.

“All the technicians are qualified electromechanical, automation or mechanical engineers. But that is not all, they also acquire specific knowledge by attending wind turbine maintenance training courses organised by the equipment manufacturers,” says V. Jagela.

A special focus on safety 

Technicians usually work at very high altitudes of hundreds of metres, which puts turbine maintenance in a high-risk category. However, V. Jagela points out that all measures are taken to ensure the safety of the employees. For example, technicians are not allowed to work alone – all work is carried out simultaneously by at least two trained professionals who are also certified in high-altitude climbing and wind turbine safety.

Technicians wear personal protective equipment such as special clothing, safety boots, helmets and safety harnesses attached to anchor points. “When working in the cabin of a wind turbine, technicians must also carry rescue equipment to evacuate from the turbine in the event of a fire or other hazard,” says the maintenance and operations manager.

He adds that maintenance work on wind farms is only carried out in good weather conditions. According to V. Jagela, technicians are not allowed to work if the wind speed is too high and there is a high probability of lightning.

Monitoring, maintenance and repairs

Wind farms are monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week. According to V. Jagela, specialists at the dispatching centres constantly monitor the parameters of the turbines and record faults remotely.

According to the manager, maintenance work is planned in accordance with the manufacturer’s standards. He notes that turbine manufacturers routinely draw up long-term maintenance plans covering a period of up to 12 years. “Different work is carried out each year according to a fixed schedule. For example, the gearbox oil is changed every four years or so, and the blades are inspected every two years,” says the Ignitis Renewables expert.

Any faults detected by the specialists at the dispatch centre are rectified immediately. “All necessary repairs are carried out, regardless of their nature or extent. This can range from replacing sensors for a few hours to major repairs such as replacing bearings, blades or gearboxes. In the latter case, turbines can be shut down for months,” says V. Jagela.

He stresses that regular, high-quality maintenance of wind turbines is the only way to keep them in good condition. It is the timely maintenance and repair work that allows a wind turbine to operate for 25 or even 30 years.

15 December 2023
Ignitis Renewables is granting financial support to communities: from modern lighting solutions to upgraded sports stadium

More and more Lithuanian communities are actively utilising the financial support made available to them to improve their daily lives. Vydmantai is a good example of a community that successfully utilised financial support granted by Ignitis Renewables, an international green energy company. The largest village in Kretinga district has used the funds to light up the swimming area that has become a community attraction, improve their sports stadium and complete the electricity installation works for the new church and parsonage complex. Additionally, there are plans to erect a dome for an outdoor classroom and a stage for community and student activities in 2024.

“We see the financial support allocated to projects that are important to the communities not just as a measure to promote our renewable projects and garner support. Supporting community projects and ideas allow the responsible companies to build trust between citizens and businesses as well as support the development of rural areas. We see communities as partners that can help us reach the goals of green transition. That’s why we are especially proud of and support the communities that look for energy efficiency, renewable and other solutions that can coexist with the environment,” said Emilija Musteikytė, Community Projects Coordinator at Ignitis Renewables.

A community attraction in a new light

One of the projects has already been completed with the help of financial support provided by Ignitis Renewables. Lighting solutions powered by solar energy have been installed at the Vydmantai recreational zone, where residents can enjoy water activities. According to the Chair of the Vydmantai Community Centre, Simas Končius, the new lighting solutions already had their use both in summer and at the start of the cold season.

“During the summer, Vydmantai residents can play beach volleyball, camp and swim at our recreational and swimming area. You can often find the village kids having fun here, and people like to walk their pets nearby, and darkening sky doesn’t interrupt their recreational activities. As the autumn brings longer evenings, the lamps allow us to spend more time outside and improve security as well as help ensure public order at night,” told us S. Končius.

According to the Chair of the Village Community Centre, the community is glad that the implemented project is modern, environmentally friendly and promotes green energy at Vydmantai.

The refurbished stadium to make sports safer

Another project implemented in Vydmantai was upgrading the infrastructure of Vydmantai gymnasium by installing nets for catching balls. The headmistress of the gymnasium, Rasa Stonkuvienė, said that it was a joint decision made by the students, the teachers and the community footballers to upgrade the stadium.

“The gymnasium stadium is surrounded by thorny hedges, so when playing football, the balls would often be damaged or get into private properties. To avoid the resulting conflicts and to upgrade the barriers, it was decided to build a 90 metre fence for catching balls. This made the stadium, which is very important to the community, more attractive and functional,” said R. Stonkuvienė.

She notes that the entire gymnasium and village community engaged in the implementation of the project as volunteers helped with manual labour and preparations.

The long-awaited church and parsonage complex

Financial support was also utilised for another project that is important to the community, electricity installation works for the new church and parsonage complex that are under construction. During the installation works, electricity lines were laid up to the foundations of the new church and parsonage.

“Church and parsonage construction works are being very closely followed by all Vydmantai residents and the entire parish. In the context of these uncertain times, it’s important to create a safe environment that benefits people’s wellbeing, covers spiritual and cultural needs,” said Karolis Petravičius, priest of Vydmantai parish.

Each of the representatives of Vydmantai village is confident that the financial support provided by businesses is important and beneficial, so they expect to take advantage of it in the future by implementing other projects that the community needs and that improves their daily lives.

Vydmantai community and school submitted separate projects and secured financial support for a dome for an outdoor classroom and a stage for community and student activities.

Financial support was granted for a second year in a row

Ignitis Renewables and its subsidiaries have been granting financial support for two years in a row. In 2022 they granted financial support to nine communities that are located near renewable energy projects managed by the companies. A total of EUR 86,100 was allocated to support the communities.

This year financial support was allocated to the projects of the communities located near renewable energy projects in Tauragė, Mažeikiai, Jurbarkas, Kretinga (Lithuania) as well as Pomerania and Silesia (Poland). In 2023 the total funds allocated to the projects that improve the wellbeing of communities amounted to EUR 350,000.

14 December 2023
Ignitis Renewables secures financing from EIB and NIB for its wind farm in Mažeikiai

International green energy company Ignitis Renewables has signed a project financing agreement for EUR 64 million with the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the Nordic Investment Bank (NIB) for the Mažeikiai wind farm.

Both the EIB and NIB have provided loans for the wind farm, contributing EUR 32 million each. The loan is concluded for a period of 12 years and covers around 75% of total investments of the project. Citi will take the role of agent, security agent and account bank in this transaction.

“By leading the regional energy transition in Lithuania and the Baltics, we strive to create a 100% green and secure energy ecosystem. This will not be possible without the support of leading European financial institutions, hence we are grateful for the reliable cooperation with the EIB and NIB, which is vital for the success of our renewable energy projects,” said Ignitis Group CFO Jonas Rimavičius.

“The EU bank is delighted to sign this significant loan agreement, which will support the deployment of new renewable energy capacity in Lithuania,” said EIB Vice-President Thomas Östros, who is responsible for operations in Lithuania. “In addition to promoting energy independence, we are proud to contribute to Lithuania’s transformation into a low-carbon economy on its path to climate neutrality,” he added.

“As Lithuania is rapidly building up its sustainable energy production, our long-term financing for wind farm developments continues to speed up this journey. To unlock the full potential of renewables in our region, we look forward to accelerating further generation and transmission developments,” added NIB President and CEO André Küüsvek.

The first wind farm in Lithuania built by Ignitis Renewables is located in Mažeikiai district. It has commenced commercial operations in August of 2023. It is estimated that the 63-megawatt (MW) wind farm will help power around 90,000 homes with clean renewable energy.

13 December 2023
Ignitis Renewables and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners win Estonia’s first offshore wind tender

International green energy company Ignitis Renewables and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) through its Growth Markets Fund II are the winners of the auction-based competitive tender for development of an offshore wind farm in the Liivi 2 sea area in Estonia, having placed the highest bid in the amount of EUR 1.7 million.

The maritime area for the offshore wind farm is located northwest of Ruhnu Island, near Estonia’s Baltic Sea coast covering approximately 115 square kilometres, with a total capacity of up to 1.4 gigawatts (GW) expected to become operational post 2030.

“This is the second offshore wind tender secured by the Ignitis Renewables in the Baltic States. By winning, Ignitis Group achieves its strategic goal of securing a second offshore wind development project in our home market, which is a substantial step towards our overall objective to achieve 4–5 GW of installed green and flexible capacities by 2030”, said Darius Maikštėnas, CEO of Ignitis Group.

He highlighted that this achievement marks yet another significant milestone in the Baltic region’s energy transition. It supports the goals of decarbonization and enhances energy security by advancing the use of offshore wind.

“With today’s announcement, we are taking an important step in expanding our presence in the Baltic states, a core market of CIP’s Growth Market Funds. We believe this project could be a cornerstone investment in Estonia’s transformation into a sustainable, long-term European green energy hub”, said Ole Kjems Sørensen, Partner in CIP and Head of the Growth Markets Funds.

This year Ignitis Renewables and CIP have signed an agreement to collaborate exclusively on offshore wind opportunities in Estonia and Latvia. The partnership leverages Ignitis Renewables’ leading market position in the Baltic region and CIP’s global offshore wind expertise. Ignitis Renewables and CIP aim to become active and long-term partners for the energy transition in the Baltic region, supporting Baltic states’ decarbonization targets and energy security ambitions through the deployment of offshore wind.

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