A solar power plant is under construction on the roof of Terminal 2 of Helsinki-Vantaa Airport. It will begin to produce electricity at the end of the summer of 2017. The entire system with capacity of over 500 kW will be launched in 2019 and will become the largest solar power plant in Northern Europe located at the airport. It will provide about 10% of the electricity needs of the airport terminals.
- This project requires careful planning, since there is as there is no big experience of using solar power stations in major airports yet. The installation of the plant should be as thoughtful as possible, for example, to avoid reflection from solar panels on aircraft," - says Kavi Savolainen, Finavia's CEO.
In addition, this year Finavia will significantly increase the use of renewable fuels by vehicles moving at the Helsinki-Vantaa airport. So, buses carrying passengers between terminals and aircraft will be conversioned to diesel fuel, completely made from waste. Almost all smaller vehicles plying at the airport are already operating on electricity.
Besides the capital airport, Finavia will increase the use of renewable energy sources in other airports, in particular, using bio-energy and geothermal heat.