University of Oulu, 2019

Modern villages - SINNI project

Project description

The SINNI project aims at investigating whether the existing and future building stock in sparsely populated areas of Lapland can be utilized in the production of decentralized energy. The SINNI will define the criteria for a decentralized solar energy production units for village areas, and identify existing and future energy production potential, the development of land use and possible constraints. The project is led by Prof. Tarja Outila at Oulu School of Architecture, with the Energy and Environmental Engineering as well as the Geoinformatics Research Groups as project partners. The Rovaniemi Village Association, Napapiirin Energia ja Vesi, Rovakaira and the University of Oulu are supporting and co-financing the project. SINNI started on October 2020 and will last two years.


Funding: Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment of North Ostrobothnia (Pohjois-Pohjanmaan elinkeino-, liikenne- ja ympäristökeskus)

Project coordinator

University of Oulu

Research groups

  • Geography Research Unit


Harri Antikainen

Postdoctoral researcher
Prof. Eva Pongrácz

Eva Pongracz


Sari Hirvonen-Kantola

Postdoctoral Researcher, Urban Design and Planning