Wind parks

Currently, LWPA has 19 members who operate 13 wind parks owned by members of the LWPA are operating within the territory of Lithuania. The total installed capacity of operative wind parks is 303 MW comprising the 2.6 MW wind park owned by JSC Dalis Gero, 16 MW and 34 MW – by JSC Renerga, 4 MW – by JSC Energopliusas, 9.2 MW and 10 MW – by JSC Vejo gusis, 14.9 MW – by JSC Vejo vatas, 73,5 MW – by JSC Amberwind, 14 MW – by JSC Sudenu vejo elektra, 13.8 MW – by JSC Silales vejo elektra, 39.1 MW – by JSC Naujoji energija, 12 MW – by JSC Iverneta and 60 MW – by JSC Silutes vejo projektai.

The wind park investments of Lithuanian Wind Power Association’s members are about EUR 650 million.

The first, demonstrative Vydmantai wind turbine of 640 kW capacity owned by JSC Dalis gero came into operation in spring 2004. By the end of the year had produced 1.2 MWh of electricity.

JSC Vejų spektras was one of the co- founders of the Lithuanian Wind Power Association. Since 2003 JSC Veju spektras has implemented renewable energy projects, applying long term experience and modern technologies. JSC Veju spektras has implemented two major wind power projects in Lithuania, districts of Kretinga and Silute. Total installed capacity of these projects reaches 50 MW.

In 2007 16 MW Benaiciai wind farm owned by JSC Renerga began producing electricity near Kretinga. The park produces approximately 44 million kWh of electricity per year. The wind energy park has six V100 2.75-3 type wind power stations. The wind power station equipment was acquired from the Danish company Vestas.

Thereafter wind farms owned by JSCs Energopliusas, Energogrupe, Vejo gusis, Vejo vatas, Gemba  gradually came into operation.

In 2010, the on of the largest object i.e. 34 MW capacity wind energy park Benaiciai-1 owned by JSC Renerga was put in operation. Annually the park produces approximately 86 million kWh of electricity and reduces CO2 emissions significantly. The wind energy park in Benaiciai, Zyneliai and Pelekiai villages, Darbenai township, Kretinga district, has seventeen Enercon E-82 type wind power stations. The hight of one WEP Benaičiai-1 wind power station is about 97 meters. The wind energy equipment was acquired from the leader wind turbine manufacturer, the German company ENERCON. The wind power stations manufactured by this company are among the most modern and most powerful in Europe. An experimental small 6 kW wind and 4.2 kW solar power stations have been built near the wind energy park’s service center.

Since starting operation, Lithuanian Wind Power Association’s members’ wind farms have generated 2 billion kWh of electric power. To produce this amount of electricity by conventional means you would have to combust 350 million m3 of natural gas leading to the emission of 1.4 million tons of CO2 into the atmosphere.

A 2 MW wind turbine’s annual energy production is 4.6 – 5 GWh, while an average household annually consumes 2400 kWh. Therefore, one 2 MW wind turbine could supply electricity to 1900 – 2080 households, while 30 MW wind farm would serve as primary electricity source to a town of about   30 000 citizens.