One company is making great strides to see wind power become a part of Iceland’s energy grid, having already raised one turbine and with plans for more in the works.
Those who have spent even a few hours in Iceland can attest that if there’s one thing we have plenty of, it’s wind. The idea of using wind power to provide electricity is not a new one: when the naval base in Keflavík closed down in 2006, one tentative idea of what to do with the property was to build a wind farm.
Now one company is making progress in potentially bringing wind power to the country, particularly in the countryside. The company in question is primarily led by one man, Haraldur Magnússon, and has successfully raised a 30 KW windmill on top of Hafnarfjall mountain, which went into operation last Saturday. Eyjan reports that it is possible the media overlooked this event as the flooding in Mýrdalsjökull stole the spotlight.
In any event, MP Mörður Árnason – who is also the chairperson of the National Energy Authority Research Fund – believes that while figures do not seem to indicate that wind power is a competitive option at the moment, that it would be hasty to dismiss the option altogether.
Here are a couple videos of the windmill being raised, and then set into operation: