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Hordaland can get Europe’s largest wind turbine on land

The planned wind farm “Hordavind” in Nordhordland can become Europe’s largest wind turbine on land. But first, the authorities must approve the plans.

There are no small things planned on the mountain in Modalen, Masfjorden and Lindås north of Bergen. For between NOK 12 and 14 billion, the developers will set up around 235 turbines within an area of ​​65 square kilometers, writes Bergens Tidende . It is an area the size of Finnøy in Nordland or Frei in Kristiansund.

Each wind turbine will be between 200 and 250 meters high, twice as high as Plaza Hotell in Oslo or about as high as Kjell Inge Røkke’s planned skyscraper. The plans have been submitted to the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE).

– Personally, I think this is exciting. It is clear that the project has a high price in the form of natural interventions, but at the same time there are great opportunities here. There will be a trade-off between advantages and disadvantages, says Mayor Tom Kristian Thorsen in Modalen.

Many have already made it clear that they think the price is too high. The plans have already triggered fierce debate and both protest march and public meetings.

– If there is a wind turbine here, it will have completely different and devastating effects on landscape, wildlife and other biological diversity, says CEO Helene Ødven in Bergen and Hordaland Turlag.

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