Spain is often touted for the far reaching ”green” programs, but the truth is that they’ve cost the Spanish consumer greatly, and not delivered as promised. Without massive (taxpayer funded) subsidies, these companies cannot stay in business, let alone generate the required amount of electricity needed for the grid.
NOTE: Finland is not Spain, even in irregular years where less cloud cover is seen it can never come close to the amount of sunlight of southern Europe. Crony business is looking to suck the teat of the taxpayer. These businesses will eventually go belly up, but not before the owners rake in enough cash for themselves thanks to crooked/immensely stupid politicians.
At least three municipalities in Finland are considering founding solar parks within their city limits to create energy from the sun. A solar park, technically known as a photovoltaic power station, is a large-scale system of panels designed to feed solar power into the electricity grid.
Finland’s largest solar power plant, with a capacity of 420 kilowatts, began operations in June 2015 in northwest Oulu, supplanting the previous holder of the title in Helsinki’s Suvilahti district, near the city centre. Electricity operator Helen estimates the capacity of the Suvilahti solar park at over 340 kilowatts.
The southern municipality of Hattula, located about an hour north of Helsinki in the Häme region, has worked hard to make a solar park of their own a reality.
Hattula’s municipal manager Lauri Inna says the project is in the running to be one of Prime Minister Juha Sipilä’s key ‘new energy’ projects.
“We have delivered a sizable investment support project package to the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment concerning a solar park and an associated biogas production facility,” he says.
The biogas facility would make use of biomass from the local community and agriculture, in addition to the solar-powered electricity.
The planned 17,000 panels would require a large tract of land, and about 10 hectares would have to be reserved. Inna says the exact location is still open.
“What is important is that the project moves forward harmoniously, with landowner cooperation, utilizing municipally-held land. However, our main objective is to take advantage of the land between the railway tracks and the motorway in several areas,” he says.
Enough to power 2,000 homes
The park is expected to produce enough power to supply up to 2,000 single-family homes for a year.
“We are talking about a 5-5.6 megawatt power plant that is calculated to produce between 6 and 7 GWh per hour. This is equivalent to the annual production of two wind turbines,” the Hattula municipal leader says.
He hopes that Hattula will receive government support for the investment. A decision is expected at the end of the year.
“Only once the support has been confirmed can we make our final investment decisions and begin construction. It is certain this won’t happen until 2017,” says Inna.
Finland has committed to an EU goal of 20 percent renewable energy by the year 2020. In addition to its solar options, the country is developing biofuels from forest industry by-products and looking into expanding its wind power alternatives.