Finland’s Helsinki Airport is set to install solar power panels on the roof of the new west wing as part of its corporate responsibility.

The panels are part of Helsinki Airport’s own solar power plant, which was the first part of the plant to be inaugurated almost two years ago.

Helsinki Airport, which is operated by operated by Finavia, noted that the extension will start producing energy gradually by the beginning of summer this year and will have a full capacity of about 330kWp.

Finavia environmental specialist Johanna Kara said: “Solar panel systems cannot disturb aviation in any way. The direction and angle of the panels shall create no reflections on the glide paths, runways or in air traffic control.

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“Next, some solar panels will be installed on the façade of the parking hall, which will be completed next year. The panels will almost cover the entire wall, and the energy produced will be used to recharge electric cars.”

The electricity used by Helsinki Airport is mostly produced through wind energy, as well as some solar power.

The growing rooftop solar panel grid is expected to produce around 5% of the energy needed in the new terminal extensions.

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Once this part of the power plant becomes operational, the solar power production capacity at the airport is set to reach about 660kWp.

Finavia intends to extend the use of solar power in the future.

Kara further added: “Although wind power plays a bigger role in Finland, it pays to make the most out of sunlight, too. It’s wonderful how the production costs of solar power have gone down.”