Enefit Green, the renewable energy subsidy of the Estonian state-owned energy group Eesti Energia, produced a total of 737 gigawatt-hours of renewable electricity in the first six months of 2020, 18 percent more than during the same period last year.
The total amount of renewable electricity produced in the first half of the year would be enough to power nearly 250,000 households for an entire year at average consumption levels, Eesti Energia said in a press release.
Strong wind conditions coupled with the company's reliable production units explain the strong half-year output, Enefit Green management board chairman Aavo Kärmas said.
"In the first months of the year, winds were stable and strong, giving a good start to our production year," Kärmas said "Enefit Green's absolute production record was set in January 2020, when one month's renewable electricity output reached 165 gigawatt-hours. At the same time, our solar farms in Estonia and Poland have shown strong production numbers, and the renewable energy solution in Ruhnu has worked stably and without issue."
According to the chairman, the electricity output of the company's four cogeneration plants has also been good, however heat output was lower than last year, due primarily to warmer-than-average winter months.
Enefit Green's heat output in the first six months of 2020 totaled 249 gigawatt-hours, down 10 percent on year.
The 737 gigawatt-hour production result for the first half of 2020 includes output generated by the company's Estonian and Lithuanian wind farms, solar farms in Estonia and Poland, cogeneration plants in Iru, Paide, Valka and Broceni, Keila-Joa hydroelectric power plant and the renewable energy solution on the island of Ruhnu.
The increase in renewable energy production will contribute to Eesti Energia's strategic goal of producing 43 percent of electricity and heat from renewable sources by 2024.
Enefit Green is a renewable energy company that belongs to the Eesti Energia group and currently owns a total of 20 wind farms, 4 cogeneration plants, 36 solar power plants, a pellet plant and a hydroelectric power plant in four markets — Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland.
Editor: Aili Vahtla