Ajos wind farm – IKEA’s first investment in Finland is a repowering project

In October 2017, the Ajos wind farm was completed and handed over to its purchaser IKEA Finland. The project was IKEA’s first wind power investment on the Finnish market and the contract was the fourth between OX2 and IKEA.


An existing wind farm off Ajos on the coast of Kemi was renewed and expanded. It consisted of ten wind turbines on artificial islands in the sea and along the shore. OX2 replaced these with modern wind turbines, and in addition built three new turbines on shore, which more than doubled the output and provides a high level of reliability in operation. The new facility consists of 13 new wind turbines, which are expected to produce around 160 GWh/year.


“We are investing in renewable energy to create environmental benefits and accelerate the transition to a low carbon economy. The new wind farm will mean that we produce more renewable energy than all of the energy that we use in our buildings in Finland,” says Lars Midttun, IKEA’s Country Manager in Finland.


Ajos wind farm (42 MW) in Finland was completed and handed over to its purchaser IKEA in 2017.

Ajos wind farm – IKEA’s first investment in Finland is a repowering project

Ajos wind farm (42 MW) in Finland was completed and handed over to its purchaser IKEA in 2017.

In October 2017, the Ajos wind farm was completed and handed over to its purchaser IKEA Finland. The project was IKEA’s first wind power investment on the Finnish market and the contract was the fourth between OX2 and IKEA.


An existing wind farm off Ajos on the coast of Kemi was renewed and expanded. It consisted of ten wind turbines on artificial islands in the sea and along the shore. OX2 replaced these with modern wind turbines, and in addition built three new turbines on shore, which more than doubled the output and provides a high level of reliability in operation. The new facility consists of 13 new wind turbines, which are expected to produce around 160 GWh/year.


“We are investing in renewable energy to create environmental benefits and accelerate the transition to a low carbon economy. The new wind farm will mean that we produce more renewable energy than all of the energy that we use in our buildings in Finland,” says Lars Midttun, IKEA’s Country Manager in Finland.


Tiina Suvanto,
sustainability manager for IKEA Finland

What does Ajos wind farm mean for IKEA?

IKEA has set an ambitious goal to become energy-independent by 2020 and the acquisition and construction of Ajos wind farm enables us to take one step closer to this goal. Thanks to the Ajos wind farm, IKEA Finland is able to generate more electricity than we consume in our Finnish operations.


Why does IKEA want to own its own wind power plant? Is it not enough to buy green electricity?

Our wind power generation is a specific act and clear proof of our determination to contribute to the environment and we believe that buying green electricity is not sufficient to combat climate change. IKEA’s vision is to create a better everyday life for many people and we want to contribute by doing what we can to ensure a sustainable future for the planet.


This is the fourth wind farm that IKEA has acquired from OX2, how would you describe the cooperation?

All aspects of the cooperation with OX2 have been excellent. We have had full confidence throughout the project.


Tiina Suvanto,
sustainability manager for IKEA Finland

What does Ajos wind farm mean for IKEA?

IKEA has set an ambitious goal to become energy-independent by 2020 and the acquisition and construction of Ajos wind farm enables us to take one step closer to this goal. Thanks to the Ajos wind farm, IKEA Finland is able to generate more electricity than we consume in our Finnish operations.


Why does IKEA want to own its own wind power plant? Is it not enough to buy green electricity?

Our wind power generation is a specific act and clear proof of our determination to contribute to the environment and we believe that buying green electricity is not sufficient to combat climate change. IKEA’s vision is to create a better everyday life for many people and we want to contribute by doing what we can to ensure a sustainable future for the planet.


This is the fourth wind farm that IKEA has acquired from OX2, how would you describe the cooperation?

All aspects of the cooperation with OX2 have been excellent. We have had full confidence throughout the project.


“The new wind farm will mean that we produce more renewable energy than all of the energy that we use in our buildings in Finland” Lars Midttun, IKEA’s Country Manager in Finland

Ajos wind farm is a so-called repowering project and the first of its kind in Finland. Watch the construction video.

Facts about the project
  • The wind farm is a so-called repowering project and the first of its kind in Finland. Originally, there were ten older wind turbines here, located on artificial islands offshore and along the shoreline. These have been replaced by 13 modern wind turbines: 8 X Siemens SWT-130 3.3 MW offshore and 5 X Siemens SWT-113 3.2 MW onshore (total 42.4 MW)
  • The plant is expected to produce approx. 160 GWh/year, which is more than twice as much as before and corresponds to the annual electricity consumption of approx. 32,000 households
  • OX2 has built the wind farm and will continue to manage its administration and operation

Ajos wind farm is a so-called repowering project and the first of its kind in Finland. Watch the construction video.

Facts about the project
  • The wind farm is a so-called repowering project and the first of its kind in Finland. Originally, there were ten older wind turbines here, located on artificial islands offshore and along the shoreline. These have been replaced by 13 modern wind turbines: 8 X Siemens SWT-130 3.3 MW offshore and 5 X Siemens SWT-113 3.2 MW onshore (total 42.4 MW)
  • The plant is expected to produce approx. 160 GWh/year, which is more than twice as much as before and corresponds to the annual electricity consumption of approx. 32,000 households
  • OX2 has built the wind farm and will continue to manage its administration and operation