A small utility firm in Finland that sold its 1% interest in the country’s new nuclear power plant has announced plans to develop a solar pilot scheme.

Etelä-Savon Energia Oy (ESE) and manufacturing equipment supplier Cencorp Corporation will initially develop a 49.5kW array.

“Cencorp will use the plant for testing its new innovations in practice in Northern European conditions,” said Iikka Savisalo, managing director, Cencorp. “Even though the first phase of the delivery of the pilot solar power plant is not financially significant, it is a start for a long-term cooperation with ESE. The cooperation is aiming to develop solar energy markets in the region of South Savo.

“The pilot solar power plant, to be delivered to ESE, is based on Cencorp’s own Finnish solar module technology. The solar modules will be produced with Cerncorp’s own production technology in Mikkeli,” added Savisalo.

ESE backed out of the Fennovoima nuclear power plant and said it would focus instead on hydro, solar, wind and bioenergy.

“An investment in solar energy is part of ESE’s strategy. The investment supports procurement and production of the green energy and is part of our new energy services. Since ESE withdrew from Fennovoima’s nuclear power plant project ESE is focusing more and more on renewable and local forms of energy,” said Erkki Karppanen, managing director, Etelä-Savon Energia Oy.