Towards a carbon-neutral Finland one project at a time
Neoen is one of the world’s fastest growing producers of renewable energy and a major global operator.
The French-owned Neoen has been operating in Finland since 2018. It develops, finances, builds and operates solar power plants, wind farms and battery storage facilities. Neoen is also responsible for the operation of the wind farms it builds throughout their life cycle.
– Our operations in Finland cover the wind farm under construction in Mutkalampi, the Hedet wind farm in Närpiö, and the largest battery in continental Europe so far in Yllikkälä, Lappeenranta. It is the first high-power battery connected to Finland’s electricity grid, says Miika Pilli, head of the Finnish development team.
Neoen plans projects to generate affordable electricity in a way that benefits the environment and takes the local community into account.
– For us, sustainable energy production means that power plants are built and operated sustainably as well, including from the perspective of landowners and local residents, he says and continues:
– During the development phase of projects, we look into the project’s production potential, soil quality and environmental impact, among other things. This allows the project to be built to suit local conditions. We consult with various stakeholders, such as neighbouring residents, landowners, authorities and local decision-makers.
In the coming years, the company is aiming for a total capacity of one gigawatt from Finland. Finland is one of the most important countries for Neoen globally. According to Pilli, the goal will be achieved through active development of wind power, solar power and battery systems.
– The South Karelia region is important to us not only in terms of the Yllikkälä battery, which is already in operation and is significant for Finland as a whole, but also with respect to other growth potential. We want to be involved in making an impact and cooperating with other actors in the development of the region. The Greenreality Network provides an excellent framework for this.