Meteorological Institute: There are good opportunities for solar energy in Norway

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According to the Meteorological Institute, there are better conditions for solar energy in Norway than many people think. Ytre Oslofjord offers some of the best solar cell conditions in the country.

The Norwegian Meteorological Institute is currently working with, among others, the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE) to map solar resources in Norway.

The final result is expected in 2023, but preliminary calculations confirm that there are good opportunities to utilize solar energy throughout the country, the Meteorological Institute noted in a recent press release.

The best areas are in Southern Norway, especially along the Outer Oslo Fjord and high mountain areas.

“It may seem illogical to invest in solar cells as far north as Norway. However, cool temperatures are proving to be favorable for the solar panels we have today. For each degree the temperature drops, the panels become about half a percent more efficient,” the institute explained.

They estimate that Norwegian solar power will account for the electricity consumption of half a million households by 2040.

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