Allianz’ wind power investment provides electricity for the Google data centre in Finland

The international insurance company Allianz has invested in 34 wind turbines with a capacity of 105 MW at Maevaara. Google will buy electricity from the turbines for ten years to operate its data centre in Hamina, Finland.

The international insurance company Allianz has invested in 34 wind turbines with a capacity of 105 MW at Maevaara. Google will buy electricity from the turbines for ten years to operate its data centre in Hamina, Finland.

In 2013, Allianz Capital Partners and OX2 signed a purchase agreement for 24 wind turbines in Maevaara, which is located on the border between Övertorneå and Pajala municipalities in northern Sweden. Google then signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) to purchase all the electricity generated for ten years to power its data centre at Hamina, Finland. 2015 saw the acquisition of ten additional wind turbines at Maevaara, which will provide the Google data centres in Hamina with renewable electricity.

“We are very pleased to be extending the Maevaara wind farm in co-operation with both OX2 and Google and look forward to working with them throughout the project’s construction and long term operational phases,” says David Jones, head of renewable energy at Allianz Capital Partners, before construction of Maevaara Phase 2.

We are delighted to receive this renewed expression of confidence in us, and we look forward to delivering another high quality wind farm,” says Paul Stormoen, CEO of OX2 Wind.

“We are delighted to receive this renewed expression of confidence in us, and we look forward to delivering another high quality wind farm,” says Paul Stormoen, CEO of OX2 Wind. “This long term agreement – our fourth in Europe, and second with Allianz and OX2 – helps us remain a carbon neutral company, whilst also adding new wind generation capacity to the European grid.”

The first 24 wind turbines are currently being commissioned, and OX2 will manage them commercially and technically. The remaining ten turbines are expected to be commissioned and handed over to Allianz during 2016. OX2 will then manage the entire wind farm, totalling 105 MW.

Maevaara wind farm by dawn

Maevaara wind farm. Photo: Ulrich Mertens

About Maevaara wind farm

  • The wind farm is located at Maevaara in Pajala and Övertorneå municipalities, Norrbotten county.
  • The farm will consist of a total of 34 wind turbines. 24 of these will be Nordex N117 turbines and 10 will be Vestas V126 turbines.
  • Owned by Allianz Capital Partners.
  • OX2 is responsible for managing the farm technically and commercially.

More about Maevaara Phase 1
(in Swedish)

More about Maevaara Phase 2
(in Swedish)

More about Allianz

 

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