Messukeskus Helsinki and Helen Ltd have opened 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 started operation at the beginning of September 2019.
Messukeskus Helsinki Expo and Convention Centre celebrated its 100th anniversary this year and is Helsinki’s largest conference and exhibition infrastructure. It welcomes annually some 65 exhibitions and 1,500 meetings, congresses and galas with more than a million participants.
The installation of solar panels comes as part of the ambitions of Messukeskus to become 110% carbon neutral within ten years. A plant with 1,589 solar panels has thus been installed on the rooftops of halls 4 and 5 of the centre. Estimated annual production in the initial stage is 445 MWh, corresponding to the annual consumption of more than 200 one- bedroom flats. By the end of the year, about 300 more panels will be installed.
“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.