Sweden to Build 2,000 Wind Turbines to Reach 50 Percent Renewable Energy by 2020
Sweden has just announced plans to build 2,000 new wind turbines in the next ten years as part of an effort to have the entire country using 50% renewable energy sources by 2020. The ten year renewable energy plan includes solar energy power plants and an increase in the use of bio-fuels to reduce the country's already low carbon footprint.
"Sweden has extremely good prospects for rapidly increasing the production of renewable energy, especially from the burning of bio-fuels, co-generation plants and wind power," states Swedish Enterprise and Energy Minister Maud Olofsson. According to him, the main issue will be storage of the surplus energy, and Sweden may have to build more hydro and nuclear facilities to act as backup when sun and wind energy are not producing enough 'on demand' power for the rate of consumption. The possibility of teaming with nearby Norway to store power is being considered as well.