A sustainable energy system is founded on pillars such as sun and wind. Solar energy is a clean way to produce electricity and an excellent way to increase energy self-sufficiency and meet the increasing demand for electricity. Helen aims to increase the solar energy capacity of Finland by several hundred megawatts in the next few years.
Helen’s first solar farms already under construction
Our first solar farm of 1.5 megawatts was completed in Nurmijärvi in the spring of 2023. We are also building a 10-megawatt farm in Lohja and a 206-megawatt farm in Uusikaupunki, both of which are expected to start production in 2024. In addition, we are producing solar energy at our solar power plants in Suvilahti, Kivikko, and Messukeskus.
Solar power gains ground
Solar energy is an excellent supplement to electricity production and an important part of a sustainable energy system. New EU regulations increase investments in solar electricity production in Finland and Europe. In 2050, the amount of solar electricity produced in Finland is expected to reach about 10 terawatt-hours. This would correspond to about 7% of the total production in Finland.
Renewable, Finnish energy
Solar farms and Finland are a match made in heaven as the solar radiation levels in southern Finland are equal to those in northern Germany. Furthermore, the Finnish climate offers excellent conditions for the efficient use of solar panels. In Finland, the production of solar energy takes place during the bright summer months, supplementing wind power production, which peaks during other parts of the year. Together, solar and wind power ensure a consistent overall production of renewable, Finnish electricity.
Constantly searching for new solar farm locations
Helen builds, owns, and operates solar farms and sells the electricity they produce. We act as the developer and invite tenders from contractors for the various subsections of the projects. We have international procurement and contracting networks as well as technical design competence for solar energy. The capacity of an individual solar farm may range from 5 to 200 megawatts, depending on the location and the opportunities it provides.