In the first stage, an 80 MW solar farm is being planned for Tunturisuo in Utajärvi, on the site of a peatbog that is no longer used, with the area spanning around 100 hectares. Panel output 100 MWp. Once completed, the farm will produce around 79 GWh of renewable solar electricity a year, which will meet the annual electricity consumption needs of around 16,000 households. A 5 MW battery storage facility is also planned in connection with the farm.
The internal network being built for the area will be implemented in cooperation with SmartGrid technology, with the help of the international, EU-funded GLogalFlex project led by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland.
The site being built at Tunturisuo is Finland’s first solar farm to be connected to the Fingrid main grid.
Construction is set to begin during summer 2023, and the aim is for the solar farm to be producing energy for the grid as soon as 2024.
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