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Solar Power in Demanding Conditions - International off-grid business is an important part of Naps’ business
Naps Solar System engineers

Naps Solar delivers off-grid solar photovoltaic systems globally. The company is one of the most important system suppliers to the international public sector, humanitarian actors and non-commercial organizations. International off-grid business presents also a substantial part of Naps’ annual revenue.

Off-grid solutions have been delivered to demanding conditions from the Antarctic to the Sahara Desert and from the small islands in the Pacific Ocean to the great mountain ranges and rain forests in Asia, over a timespan of nearly 40 years. Naps’ off-grid solutions expert, Project Engineer Risto Ant-Wuorinen reveals some aspects of these deliveries.

Risto Ant-Wuorinen, what is off-grid and what kind of systems does Naps deliver?

Off-grid (OG), or off-the-grid (OTG), means an electrical power…

Aberdeen improves the energy management of its logistics properties in Hämeenlinna with solar power
Naps Solar System at Aberdeen Itäportintie 3

Aberdeen Asset Management Finland Ltd is installing a solar power plant of more than 120 kilowatts on the roofs of its industrial warehouses in Hämeenlinna. The new plant, supplied by Naps Solar Systems, will built on the roofs of two separate properties and will be completed by the end of the year. Naps is responsible for the design, implementation and remote monitoring of the plant. The plant's annual output is over 100 megawatt hours.

The Itäportintie 3 real estate is located in Moreeni business district, on a traffic hub of key routes and only five kilometers from Hämeenlinna. The logistics real estate is owned by the APFF 1 Real Estate Fund, whose investors are domestic…

Incomes from forest renewal used to invest into a photovoltaic system
Naps Solar System at Kaupin tila Petäjävesi

Forest and dairy farm Kauppi, located in Petäjävesi central Finland reduces its carbon footprint for future generations. The income from the renewal of a 90 years old spruce forest was invested into a biogas vehicle and to a 16.8 kilowatt photovoltaic system. The investment to photovoltaic system was also partly financed by the Finnish Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment. This was done because owners of the farm value renewable energy and with these improvements the energy self-sufficiency will be high.

The Kauppi farm is owned by two siblings with their families. The farm has been inhabited by the same household since the 18th century. Their fundamental values are continuous and sustainable development of the farm for future generations.

Solar power is the most practical solution on polar glacier's demanding conditions
Naps Solar System at Aboa weather station at Antarctica

Naps manufactured an autonomous solar photovoltaic system for the Finnish Antarctic research station Aboa in 2003-2004. The Aboa Weather Station, maintained by the Finnish Meteorological Institute, updates weather data every three hours for an…

Finland's first apartment building integrated photovoltaic system is still a modern solution after 15 years
Naps Solar System installed into balcony railing in Eko-Viikki, Helsinki.

The environmental aspects of solar energy were of interest to the decision-makers of Helsinki at the beginning of the millennium. This interest was one of the driving forces for Naps to install the first building integrated photovoltaic system to an apartment building Salvia in the Eko-Viikki area in 2002. The system is still a modern and energy-efficient solution today.

At the beginning of the millennium, solar modules for summer cottages had been built already for a couple of decades, but larger, grid connected integrated solar power systems were still very rare. The Salvia apartment building guarding the entrance to the…