The municipal council of Sokndal municipality has agreed to investigate the Moldalsknuten wind power plant. It is the first municipality south of Finnmark to give the green light after the government last year reopened for new wind power concessions.
The Moldaksnuten wind power plant is a project planned adjacent to the existing Tellenes wind power plant. This means that there are turbines and infrastructure on three sides already. In addition, it is located in close proximity to the Titania mines, while a new industrial area for power-intensive industries is also planned nearby.
We are talking about 7-11 turbines with an installed capacity of up to 50 MW, which corresponds to the power consumption of approximately 10,000 households. The investment estimate is 550-650 million Norwegian kroner. A preliminary notification has now been sent to the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE), and a formal kickoff meeting between NVE, the municipality, the county governor, and the developer will be an important first meeting point to ensure that an open and transparent process is established that can provide trust in the investigations to be carried out."
The governement have suggested increased taxes for the industry by implementation of a resource rent tax on wind power, an increased production fee and an extraordinary tax on the energy sold for a price that exceeds 70 øre per kWh.t, and a doubling of the production fee.