If we are to succeed with the green revolution, we need more climate-friendly energy production in the years to come. Land-based, modern wind power is profitable and able to contribute in terms of tax revenues, wealth creation and increased employment.
As a forward-looking business with an environmental focus, it is important for us to make use of local services and work partners in Fitjar and Sunnhordland. In this way, we can contribute to strengthening business development both in local communities and across the region, with very favourable knock-on effects. Fitjar is a beautiful municipality undergoing development and Sunnhordland a successful region, brimming with expertise.
Giving back to society
Midtfjellet Vindkraft is an important contributor to wealth creation and revenue for the local community. Every year, we are the source of about NOK 20 million which comes to the local community in the form of property tax, income tax, sponsorship funds, leasing of buildings and so on.
The property tax we pay has been voluntarily agreed at the rate of 7 parts per thousand of funds invested. This alone amounts to about NOK 11 million annually, which can be funnelled into important social facilities such as kindergartens, schools, nursing homes and other good causes.
Local entrepreneurs and suppliers have been important in building the park and the excellent infrastructure associated with it.
In less windy periods during the spring and summer, when the turbines are not at full capacity, we hire in further expertise for a raft of activities including, for example, rotor-blade inspection and elevator checks.
This means there are well over 20 people engaged at Midtfjellet during these periods. And this is not just of benefit to the company; hotels and guest houses, restaurants, shop-owners, taxi drivers and other local service providers all stand to gain from the increased activity.
The process of restructuring for efficient, climate-friendly energy production is challenging. At Midtfjellet, we have shown that it is possible to combine green energy with potential growth in local business activity, jobs and tax revenues for the local community.