Denmark is to invite bidding to build 450 MW of offshore wind parks at six sites, said the Danish Ministry of Climate, Energy and Building.

Turbines at the sites are expected to operate from 2020.

Vestas offshore wind turbines

An agreement between government and opposition parties on 22 March makes offshore wind pivotal to a shift from coal to renewables. Wind power’s share of generation is targeted to rise to 50 per cent from 28.2 per cent in 2011.

Citizens will be able to buy stakes of as much as 20 per cent in the projects and local firms will also be encouraged to buy shares, said the ministry’s statement.

Turbines will be at least 4 km from land at the six selected sites: Bornholm, Smaalandsfarvandet, Sejeroe Bugt, Saeby, Vesterhav Syd and Vesterhav Nord.

Bids will be sought separately for another 50 MW of offshore wind for testing turbines, added the statement.

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