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Koskisen generates electricity for plywood mills

 Wednesday, June 14, 2023

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Koskisen, the wood products company recently invested in solar power to provide electricity to the plywood and chipboard mills in the Tehdastie industrial area to conduct business in a responsible way. They have made an investment of EUR 1.6 million in solar power in Jaervelae, Finland.

Koskisen further decided to increase the use of renewable energy to increase the group’s carbon handprint. Following a particular system to attain this target, Koskisen’s CEO Jukka Pahta points out that, “This investment in solar panels will increase our share of renewable energy, also in terms of the electricity we consume. In 2022, 96 per cent of the thermal energy consumed by the Group was already being generated by biofuels, most of which came from our production side-streams, such as bark chips and sawdust”.

Construction work on the solar power plant will start in summer 2023 and the plant will probably be ready for service by the end of the year. The project has also received Business Finland’s energy aid that targets to promote the use of renewable energy and increase energy efficiency. With high faith Pahta expresses the strategic plan and states, “On clear, sunny weekdays, the solar panels will be able to instantaneously generate 30 per cent of the electricity required for the entire mill area, i.e. for birch plywood and chipboard production. On weekends, that share rises to as much as 65 per cent. On an annual level, solar power will account for an average of 4 per cent of the total electricity consumption. We strongly believe that demand for sustainably produced products that bind carbon for decades will continue to grow”. Thus, the company moves forward with this initiative as they believe that the completion of this project will surely reduce the Group’s carbon dioxide emissions by roughly 219 tCO2e.

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