Apartment building Pohjolankatu 18-20 in Tampere represents Finnish property management expertise through its very advanced energy projects. The property will e.g. be the first in Finland to install a two-way district heating. The company has been selected for the second time as a pilot for the EU's GUGLE project, which seeks and tests models for basic renovation of buildings towards zero energy levels. EU's goal is to spread the models to the Smart Cities network and across Europe by 2020. Naps Solar installs a 20.4 kW photovoltaic system on the roof of Pohjolankatu 18-20.
Naps Solar is involved in the EU GUGLE pilot project in Tampere
Pohjolankatu 18-20 apartment building company in Tampere is a typical Finnish property built in the 1980s, consisting of 54 apartment and 4,770m2 as a whole. However, in property management it differs from the mainstream of the 80s companies. This property does not have a repair debt, but instead it has been making significant contributions to renewable energy and energy savings consistently and regularly since the beginning of the 2010s.
According to the Chairman of the Board of the building company, Pertti Vesterinen, they have now repeatedly joined the EU GUGLE project. "EU-GUGLE should be referred to as "European Cities serving as a Green Urban Gate towards Leadership in Sustainable Energy". The project looks for and test models for basic renovation of buildings towards the zero energy level in six pilot cities. Tampere is one of the pilot cities. We are happy to be involved", says Vesterinen.
The Pohjolankatu property in Tampere will be first to install two-way district heating system, where the excess solar and geothermal heat produced in the building can be supplied to the Tampere district heating network.
Naps Solar Systems Oy installs a solar system next to the existing solar thermal system in co-operation with Sundial Oy. The 68 Naps Saana 300W modules on the property's rooftop, provide a total power output of 20.4 kW. The photovoltaic system generates about 17 MWh per year.
"It is very interesting to be involved in such pilot projects that combine many different types of energy production and many professionals. Hopefully more and more housing companies will become electricity or heat producers in the footsteps of the pilot projects", says Naps Project Engineer Juha Majuri.
Photos: Juha Majuri, John Blomstedt