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Solgrid: applies for a license for Norway’s first solar power plant

  • Sector: Energy
  • Date: October 20, 2021

  • Company: Solgrid is an energy company that develops, finances, builds and operates solar power plants in Nordic markets.

Solgrid has applied for a license to build Norway’s first ground-mounted solar power plant in Stor-Elvdal municipality in Innlandet county. It will be the first solar power license processed by the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE).

The ambition is to complete the solar power plant in an area consisting of a previous gravel roof and scattered pine forest by 2022. We have found a project that ticks off all the important boxes, says Kristin Melsnes, CEO at Solgrid. Stor-Elvdal municipality is forward-leaning, we have a good area, a short distance to the power grid and satisfactory solar conditions, Melsnes explains.

When the plant is completed, it will deliver 6.4 GWh to the power grid a year, which is equivalent to the electricity consumption of about 320 Norwegian households. It is fantastic that we in Stor-Elvdal can get the country’s first solar power plant. It is fun to see how a closed gravel roof can get new life and give green energy to our population, says Bjørn Vegard Øiungen, business developer in Stor-Elvdal municipality.

The solar power plant will be built with bifacial technology, which captures the solar energy from both sides of the panels. Solgrid recently completed Varberg Norra Solkraftverk in Sweden with similar technology, which is particularly suitable for Nordic conditions.