Saaremaa meat industry invests €3.5 million in solar energy

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7/15/2015 11:29 AM
Category: Environment

Estonia's summer may not yet have arrived, but Saaremaa Lihatööstus, a meat processing company, has built one of the nation's largest solar power farms with over 1,000 panels.

“At our consumption level I think it produces around seventh of our needs,” Kristjan Leedo, the company's CEO told Saarte Hääl.

According to Leedo, the project cost around 3.5 million euros, of which Enterprise Estonia stumped up 750,000 euros.

Renewable energy consumption has been increasing rapidly in Estonia, pegged at 17.3 percent in the first quarter of 2015, with around half of that coming from wind.

Solar energy is also on the up, with the number of producers nearly doubling in the last 12 months from 111 to 211, although most are microproducers and electricity from solar power makes up less than 1 percent of all renewable sources in Estonia.

J.M. Laats

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