In December 2009, Norsk Vind Energi informed the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE) of our plans for developing Sandnes Wind Farm, while the formal application for license was delivered in June 2013. In 2014 the application was denied by NVE, but since then crucial adjustments have been made to the project. We are now awaiting the results of our application appeal to OED.
Sandnes Wind Farm is located between Noredalen and Søredalen, around 12 kilometres east of Sandnes. The projected area for the wind farm will stretch from Ramnafjellet and Rikkafjellet by Kråkedal in the west, towards the Norwegian national road 508 in the east. The projected area lies between 300 and 405 metres above sea level, and covers an area of approximately seven square kilometres. The wind farm has a production estimate of around 70MW installed effect, which should give an annual electrical production of 200GWh, equating to the electrical consumption of about 10.000 Norwegian households.
Sandnes Wind Farm is within the so-called “Yes-area” of Rogaland county’s “county plan for wind power”. Amongst other things, the area is preferred due to excellent wind conditions with little turbulence, its close proximity to pre-existing roadworks and electrical infrastructure, and private property owners with positive attitudes towards the project. Since 2009, there have been regular wind measurements, and the reports are conclusive in showing that the area is well suited for wind power production. The wind farm is to be connected to pre-existing electrical infrastructure, although we are also discussing alternative prospects with Lyse El-nett.