New study reveals notable solar power potential in Norway

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A new survey shows a potential for almost 200 TWh of electricity from solar cells in Norway – well over the entire Norwegian electricity production from water and wind today.

Multiconsult has made a calculation of the technical potential for the production of solar power in Norway.

Bjørn Thorud, who has been responsible for the mapping process carried out for the Solar Energy Cluster, told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) that there is significant untapped potential in solar energy in Norway.

Of the total electricity production of 157 TWh in Norway, hydropower accounts for 138 TWh and wind power for 15 TWh. Solar currently accounts for only 0.15% of electricity production in Norway.

“Around 66 TWh of electricity can be produced a year on suitable roofs and facades of commercial buildings, houses, barns, and garages. That’s about half of what we use in this country, so it’s a lot,” Thorud stated.

“If the development potential for land such as agricultural areas assumed to be out of operation, parking lots, and closed landfills is taken into account, then solar energy production can contribute a total of 199 TWh annually,” the Solar Cluster wrote in its report.

In its calculation, Multiconsult has only considered the technical potential for solar energy, not the financial one.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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