Fortum sees a lot of potential in solar energy. We have started solar energy production in India and sell solar kits in Finland and Sweden.
Solar energy has a lot of potential – the
earth receives about 800 million terawatt-hours of solar energy annually, over
5,000 times more than the global primary energy consumption. It is estimated
that solar electricity will be competitive with other energy sources already
during this decade in several countries – even in terms of the wholesale price
of electricity. Solar energy production capacity has also grown rapidly. In 2012,
about 30 gigawatts of solar electricity were installed globally; at the end of
the year, the total capacity was about 100 gigawatts. Installation of an
additional 35 GW is expected this year. The biggest markets at the moment are
Japan and China.
solar energy production in India
We have started solar energy production in
India by acquiring a 5-megawatt solar power plant in the state of Rajasthan, in
north-western India. The power plant’s nominal peak capacity is 5.4 megawatts
and its annual production is approximately 9 gigawatt-hours.
“India is one of the most interesting
countries for solar energy development. Apart from the naturally favourable
geographic location, India has ambitious plans for solar power both nationally
and at the state level,” says Matti
Kaarnakari, Managing Director, Fortum India Pvt. Ltd.
Acquiring an operating plant is the first
step in launching solar electricity production in India. We are currently
studying opportunities to also be part of so-called greenfield development, i.e.
development and construction of new PV power plants.
solar park in the Nordic countries in Arvika
We are also a partner in Glava, the biggest
solar panel park in the Nordic countries, located in Arvika municipality in
Sweden. The park has produced solar energy for Fortum’s electricity grid since
2009. The solar park has a capacity of 210 kW and annual production in excess
of 200,000 kWh.
kits in Finland and Sweden
In the Nordic countries, we sell solar kits
to consumers and businesses in Finland and Sweden; the kits include e.g. solar
panels, an inverter, a home visit and installation. Fortum will also buy any
surplus electricity produced by the consumers.
Cafe Carusel in Helsinki is using Fortum’s
solar energy kit. Carusel’s solar panel system
includes a total of 80 245-W panels, and the system’s total nominal capacity is
19.6 kWp (kilowatt-peak). Most of the panels were installed on the rooftop of
the cafe, but a few panels will also be placed on the terrace.
Solar panels on top of Cafe Carusel in Helsinki, Finland.