Finland’s state railway company VR Group penetrates the energy domain

Published on : Tuesday, February 9, 2021

State railway company VR Group, Finland now penetrated a new domain to explore the field of energy production. VR has successfully installed a solar panel array at its Helsinki depot. This energy will be used to maintain its fleet using renewable electricity. The solar power plant went into operation in late 2020 and is now one of the largest in the country with a rated output of 928 kWp. This solar power system was a joint effort between VR Group’s property unit and its subsidiary VR FleetCare, which is responsible for maintaining the group’s rolling stock.

The solar panels have been installed on the roof of Pendolino Hall. There are 2,264 solar panels in total. The electricity will go towards the maintenance of VR’s fleet of Sm3 Pendolino multiple units. The solar panels are able to cover roughly a quarter of the hall’s annual electricity needs. On sunny days the solar panels produce more electricity than the hall consumes and on those days the electricity is used elsewhere in the train depot.

The choice of installing the solar panels is part of a wider venture by the company to become more energy efficient. Other initiatives include defrosting solutions that use less water and optimising the energy efficiency of the company’s operations.

Juha Ohvo, Chief Security Officer, VR FleetCare, on this occasion mentioned that, they aim at evolving as one of the best in the domain in a responsible way by valuing environmental issues, reducing threats and investing in solar power plant. VR has already been using a large proportion of renewables to power its fleet.

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