Energy company Fortum has secured a contract from Finland-based S Group for implementing solar electricity system on the rooftops of nearly 40 commercial buildings across the country.

Under the deal, Fortum will be responsible for the project planning, project management and equipment procurement while installation works will be carried out by other teams from ARE.

Fortum business development head Tatu Kulla said: “Realising our vision – for a cleaner world – isn’t easy nor can it be accomplished overnight.

“Fortunately, it is a goal that is also shared by many other companies and communities, and this S Group project, to utilise solar energy in their commercial buildings, is a prime example of that.”

“We chose Fortum to supply our solar electricity systems because its products and processes are reliable and audited.”

With a total output capacity of nearly 10MW, the solar electricity project is reported to be the largest supply of rooftop solar electricity systems to be installed in the Nordic region.

The installation works at the majority of sites are expected to be completed later this year.

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S Group comprises a network of companies operating in the retail and service sectors and has more than 1,600 outlets in Finland.

S-Voima managing director Mikko Halonen said: “The entire S Group has a shared goal to use our own renewable energy to produce 80% of the electricity we consume in 2025.

“Our sites’ electricity consumption peaks during summer, right when the sunlight lasts longer and is more intense. In the best cases, during summer, we can produce enough solar energy to satisfy 100% of the electricity needs of one building.

“We chose Fortum to supply our solar electricity systems because its products and processes are reliable and audited. The lifecycle of a solar electricity system is decades long. We trust Fortum’s ability to meet its obligations years into the future.”