Estonia

Estonia as a country is widely open to the sea and therefore for the winds. As a part of the East European Plain, Estonia is a flat territory, where uplands and plateau-like areas alternate with lowlands, depressions and valleys. These land forms, alongside with the coastal cliffs in northern and western Estonia, are the larger features of Estonian topography. In Estonia there are excellent opportunities to catch the winds from the Baltic Sea. The total length of the coastline of mainland is 1242 km and of islands (in total ca 1500 sea islands) — ca 2551 km, including the coastline of Saaremaa (854 km), the largest island in Estonia.

Why Estonia?

•    High potential. Estonia with an ambition to reduce the oil-shale based electricity production and to diversify our energy production portfolio has good potential in wind energy. 184MW installed so far, 650MW as a goal to reach 2020 targets but real potential for much higher deployment.
•     Central location. Situated in the heart of the windy Baltic Sea Region, close to high-speed wind energy developing markets like Finland and Sweden, but also to Russia with a big untapped potential for both onshore and off-shore wind power
•     Excellent metalworking skills. The sectors key specialities are fabricated metal products, precision tungsten carbide dies, high-end welding, tool making, machinery and equipment, automotive components and ship building
•     Long history in shipbuilding. Shipyards today adopting to serve also offshore wind industry
•     Next golden offshore area. Having in mind that Baltic Sea Region will play a big role in the coming offshore wind energy development Estonian companies breaking into the offshore wind industry is likely to increase
•     e-Estonia. A country that has become one of the leading e-societies in the world with over 600 e-government services, advanced internet and telecom infrastructure, and tech-savvy population.