Messukeskus Helsinki installs solar power plant
Increasing energy efficiency
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Messukeskus Helsinki and Helen Ltd will open one of the largest solar power plants in Helsinki on the hall roofs of the Messukeskus Helsinki, Expo and Convention Centre. The solar power plant is set to start operation in September 2019. Construction of an extension will also start at the same time. The solar power plant will increase the energy efficiency of the expo and convention centre and strengthen the share of solar power in Helen's production. The 1,589 solar panels of the plant have been installed on the roofs of halls 4 and 5 of the centre this summer. By the end of the year, about 300 more panels will be installed. Once the extension has been completed, the annual output of the solar power plant will exceed 530 megawatt-hours. "The objective of our environmental work is to be a 110% carbon-neutral event venue in 2029. We strive towards this target by reducing energy use, increasing the share of renewable energy and utilising carbon-neutral alternatives. The solar power plant will increase the share of renewable energy and decrease the cooling need of our premises as the solar panels also have a shading effect," says Managing Director Anni Vepsäläinen.