The Finnish pilot project is focusing on a renewable community energy system for Husulanmäki Communal housing area. It is a new housing area developed in the rural municipality of Lapinjärvi, about 90 km east from the capital Helsinki. Located in a picturesque forest area in the vicinity of lake Lapinjärvi, it offers an enjoyable and peaceful contrast to the urban city environment.
The land plan takes the history and environment of the area into account and it has a special emphasis on low-carbon (e.g. wood construction) and sustainable housing. The planned housing area includes appr. 12 houses which will be co-constructed. As part of the pilot project a feasibility study and assessment of potential renewable community energy solutions for the area will be carried out. The work will include measurements at the planned construction site, such as a geological study. The aim of the project is to make a justified decision on a feasible community energy system and to apply for permission for its implementation.
Despite Husulanmäki being in South Finland and not in Lapland, it should be pointed out that heating accounts for the majority of annual household energy consumption and costs. Therefore, the selection of the heating energy system has a significant impact for carbon emissions, costs and long term impact.
The pilot project involves two project partners: Green Net Finland and Aalto University. It is paired with the project in Estonia.