Solar power market in Norway doubled in one year

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In 2019, solar panels with a capacity of 51 megawatts were installed in Norway, more than twice as much as in 2018.

Figures from 2019 show that about 60% of the solar cell capacity was installed on commercial and industrial buildings, and 35% was installed on private households. 

Capacity has increased eightfold since the end of 2015, according to a report presented by the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE) in May.

Altogether, about 120 megawatts (MW) of solar cells were installed in Norway at the end of 2019, out of which 100 MW is connected to the power grid.

“Simply put, this means that in the middle of the day, on a clear summer day, solar cells in Norway can cover electricity consumption for 100,000 homes,” Jarand Hole of NVE noted.

Benefits and challenges

“Solar cells are being installed across thousands of roofs around the country, which leads to both benefits and challenges. NVE wants to have as good an overview of this resource as possible so that we can make the most of the benefits and solve the challenges in the best possible way,” Hole added.

Solenergiklyngen (Solar Energy Cluster), a national industrial cluster for the solar energy industry in Norway, notes that there has been growth in the number of companies that operate with solar energy and in volume.

“Now is the time to facilitate the growth in solar energy we need to become a fully electrified society. In this way, both the solar industry and the green shift can come out on top after the corona crisis,” CEO Trine Kopstad Berentsen of Solenergiklyngen said.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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