The Finnish unit of German renewables developer VSB Group is planning a hybrid project involving 350 MW of wind energy and 100 MW of solar capacity in Finland’s North Ostrobothnia region.
The first hybrid project developed entirely by VSB Uusiutuva Energia Suomi Oy will be in Haapavesi, where the company is planning the 350-MW Puutionsaari wind park. The solar site will be built next to the 49-turbine wind power facility on a former peat production site acquired by VSB.
VSB has already filed paperwork seeking a permit for the project and expects to obtain clearance by the end of 2023.
The technical solutions of the hybrid farm have been tested in Juurakko, Kalajoki, where VSB built its first wind-solar hybrid farm in cooperation with Solarigo Systems Oy which was in charge of the solar capacity.
“Haapavesi does not yet have any industrial-scale solar farms, although the popularity of solar power has grown significantly in North Ostrobothnia. We would love to see one in Puutionsaari in the form of a hybrid farm,” mayor Kimmo Hinno noted in the statement.