The construction of the first wind farm with a total installed capacity of 20.7 GW will be completed this autumn in Georgia.
The pilot project was started back in 2013: a meteorological mast to measure wind potential was installed in August of 2013. Based on the collected data, the Norwegian company Meventus prepared a corresponding feasibility study.
The ideal site for the wind farm Kartli was found on the territory near the town of Gori (in eastern Georgia, some 70 km from Tbilisi).
Prior to this, the country only had individual facilities of small capacities not connected to the grid, providing for the needs of private energy consumers.
The first wind farm, which by the end of 2016 will be connected to the grid and completely put in service, has six Vestas wind turbines 3.45 MW of installed capacity each.
The cost of this energy facility amounted to 34 million US dollars, of which $24 million is invested by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), and the rest of the financing is provided by the Georgian Energy Development Fund and Georgian Oil and Gas Corporation.
Tornike Kazarashvili, chair of the board of directors of Kartli Wind Power Station, stated: “Based on the terrain features and the characteristics of the wind turbines, Kartli could be called one of the world’s best wind farms. The construction of the wind farm will be finished in September and it will be commissioned in December of 2016. It is expected that the electricity produced by the plant will not be for export, but will be used for the local needs.”
Analysts believe that electricity from wind is a “luxury” for Georgia, but in view of rising prices for imported energy, the idea to build a pilot wind farm might be not a bad one.