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Rise in Solar Energy in Norway
Norway has always taken the SDGs goals seriously in terms of adopting renewable energy, Norway remains exemplary with its highly impressive low carbon emission rates. Over the past decades, Norway produced its renewable energy by utilizing its hydropower which contributed significantly to Norway’s zero carbon emission target. However, considering solar energy, the most prominent website, Solcellepaneler.com, on Norway’s Solar Panel Industry illustrates that Norway recently has been expanding its renewable production due to its increased efficiency and low costs.  Firstly, it is important to discuss why solar energy was not the first solution to tackle the problem of energy generation. Originally it was thought that since Norway is among those countries that has low temperature and has very frequent rain, solar panels would be would be ineffective and inefficient for power generation. Secondly, to generate large amounts of solar energy, one requires large panels and thus, large open spaces to accommodate those large panels. Norway lacked this land required to install solar panels, which explains why hydropower was considered a better option.  However, due to advancements in technology, both issues are being solved. Recent research shows that solar panels are very efficient in generating solar energy in Nordic Countries despite of the weather and climatic conditions. In fact, the experimentation conducted by SINTEF shows that cold weather may actually help improve the panels functionality by increasing the output. On the other hand, rain was observed to have no effect on the performance of solar panels. Once it was certain that solar panels are also a good option, Norway had to provide a solution for its land scarcity- which led to the creation of floating solars. Floating Solars, like solar farming is a collection of solar panels, however, floating solars are placed above the ocean.  Thus, by utilizing the vast ocean area, Norway seizes its opportunity to generate power through solar energy.  Figure 1 Norway Solar Capacity Yearly Analysis Source: Statista The figure shows the capacity of solar panels in megawatts over the years for Norway. As mentioned earlier, Norway previously had little demand for solar panels due to low solar capacity, but since then researchers have developed better and more efficient solar panels, which has led to a large increase in solar capacity (from 15 MW to 152 MW) within a range of 5 years.  This increase in capacity also reflects the demand for solar panels. Solar panels are cheaper and have low installation costs as compared to hydropower. Solar panels can be installed on rooftops as well, which can provide a private source of power, furthermore, with private solar panels one can also provide themselves with a backup source in case of emergencies.  Statistics from Norway’s Water Resources and Energy Directorate further show an upward trend for solar panel installation. In addition to this, an analyst from a solar company predicts that by the year 2030, solar energy through rooftop will be able to provide up to 30–40-Terawatt hours’ worth of electric power.  Therefore, Norway shows and will continue to show high interest and investments in solar panels. By the help of solar energy, Norway has high prospects for a complete conversion to renewable energy.  
Oct 13, 2021 // Blog, Europe, Norway
Norway to become member of International Solar Alliance
Norway has actually decided to come to be a participant of the International Solar Alliance, an initiative of India targeted at promoting renewable energy and also lasting growth. Norwegian Foreign Minister Anniken Huitfeldt announced Norway's membership of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) during her official check out to India, a statement by the nation's Embassy said on Tuesday. The International Solar Alliance is a multilateral organisation helping increased implementation of solar energy technologies around the globe. "We require to boost the pace of the green change worldwide, and also the use of solar cells will be necessary in this context. This is why Norway is joining the International Solar Alliance," Huitfeldt was priced quote as stating by the statement. This will open up brand-new opportunities for Norwegian companies, research, and also collaboration between India and also Norway around, she said. "Norway plays an energetic role in the initiatives to fight international warming as well as boost accessibility to clean energy. We give high priority to climate and also power issues, as well as the International Solar Alliance will certainly give a crucial field for strengthening political collaboration and also enhancing partnership on solar power options with India in the time ahead," said Ms Huitfeldt. The ISA works to enhance as well as harmonise demand for solar energy remedies and also helps member countries to protect financing for sensible projects. The ISA likewise looks for to lower the threats and also expenses related to solar energy development. "Norway and India have a long tradition of teamwork in a variety of fields, including a variety of joint projects on climate change and the environment. Engagement in the ISA will certainly better strengthen these initiatives," Huitfeldt claimed. Norway can provide experience in areas such as electrification, smart grids and renewable resource financing, the statement said. Norwegian participation in the clean power ball in India is broadening, particularly in the economic sector, it said. Membership of the ISA will certainly raise the visibility of India as a market for Norwegian firms, it added. Furthermore, Norfund (the Norwegian Investment Fund for creating nations) lately okayed for new financial investments in wind and also solar energy in India. Huitfeldt visited a facility for developing roof solar power systems in which Norfund is among the investors, the statement stated.
Apr 27, 2022 // Markets & Finance News, Europe, Norway, Renewable Energy, international solar alliance, Anniken Huitfeldt
Germany, Norway Open NordLink Undersea Power Cable
solar- as well as wind-generated electrical energy from Germany to stream to Norway, which will certainly return power produced greatly from hydroelectric plants
Jun 1, 2021 // Storage, Grids, Germany, Europe, Angela Merkel, Norway, Erna Solberg, NordLink
Norway released 51 MW of solar in 2019
Norway got to 120 MW of solar generation ability at the end of 2019, according to numbers launched by Norwegian solar market body the Solenergiklyngen as well as based upon information from compatriot business Multiconsult and also the Norwegian Water Resources as well as Energy Directorate (NVE). The country included 51 MW of brand-new solar ability in 2015, with 2 MW of it represented by off-grid systems. Norway had actually included 23.5 MW of solar in 2018, 18 MW a year previously and also 11 MW in 2016. Industrial as well as business selections provided 60% of in 2015's enhancements, with domestic systems composing 35%. Nearly all of the solar capability set up in the past 3 years was released via the Plusskundeordningen-- Plus Customer-- program, which entered into pressure at the start of 2017. The plan presented an internet metering regimen to make sure surplus power from planetary systems with a capability of no greater than 100 kW was gotten by power companies. Norwegian power company Enova has actually backed the reward programs with solar discounts of 25% of the price of acquiring as well as setting up PV systems.
May 26, 2020 // Residential, Markets & Finance News, Europe, Norway
Supermarket rooftop brings commercial solar – and silicon carbide inverters – to Norway
and will be completed this year, according to Kaco. The roof is the first in Norway to use 1500 V technology which, according to consultant engineer Multiconsult,
Oct 9, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Inverters, Rooftop PV, Europe, rooftop PV, Kaco, Siemens, Norway, Trine Kopstad Berenten
Eni and HitecVision brand-new Renewable Energy JV "Vårgrønn" in Norway
with the aim of creating new environment-friendly energy projects in Norway and the Nordic market. The Vårgrønn JV, which marks the start of
Nov 12, 2020 // Markets & Finance News, Europe, Norway, Eni, Renewable Energy, green energy, HitecVision, Olav Hetland, Ole Ertvaag, Vårgrønn
Vianode Invests NOK 2 Billion in Battery Materials Plant in Norway
industrial-scale plant for lasting battery products at Herøya in Norway. Vianode is a business owned by the three companies, namely, Elkem, Hydro as
Sep 22, 2022 // Manufacturing News, Markets & Finance News, Storage, electric vehicles, EV, anode graphite, Asbjørn Søvik, Elkem Hydro Altor, European EV battery market, graphite materials, Herøya battery material plant, Stian Madshus, Vianode, Vianode Invests NOK 2 Billion
Equinor to pilot floating solar off Norway
checking floating solar in the sea off the island of Froya, off Trondheim in Norway. The collaboration will develop the floating solar pilot plant in the late
Jan 14, 2021 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Floating PV, floating PV, Europe, Equinor, Hanne Wigum, Kristin Furunes Stromskag, Moss Maritime
REC Solar's France prepared PV panel plant project steps into final decision with public appointment process
148,000 square meters. Along with its silicon manufacturing sites in Norway, REC Group is producing 4 million top quality photovoltaic panels yearly at
Dec 3, 2020 // Manufacturing News, France, Europe, REC Solar, PV panel, photovoltaic panel
REC Group claims least expensive carbon impact for silicon
Solar Norway, formerly Elkem Solar and also a subsidiary of REC Group, is stated to have an annual production capacity of greater than 8,000 MT, relating to
Feb 23, 2021 // Manufacturing News, Europe, polysilicon, REC Solar, Norway
Equinor, Hydro, Panasonic discover battery options
as well as develop the business case for a green battery business situated in Norway. They stated the effort is based upon Panasonic's leading modern technology
Nov 18, 2020 // Storage, Panasonic, Europe, Norway, Equinor, Mototsugu Sato, Arvid Moss, Allan Swan
Northvolt and also light weight aluminum firm plot Norwegian EV recycling plant
its investor Hydro to protect a stream of dead electrical lorry batteries. Norway is a worldwide pioneer for plug-in electric car (EV) take-up as well as its
Jun 1, 2020 // Storage, NORTHVOLT, Sweden, Europe, lithium-ion battery, Norway, EV, recycling plant
Nexans wins Norwegian floating solar cable contract
to provide power export cable for its floating solar offshore pilot Froya in Norway. The pilot project is arranged to come online in December 2021 and also will
Jul 29, 2021 // Plants, Floating PV, Europe, Floating solar, Norway, Equinor, Nexans, Krister Granlie
Enel X develops 1MWp PV plant for Romanian car parts manufacturer Compa
decrease method. With the assistance of grants from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway via the EEA Grants Romania 2014-2021, in the framework of the Energy Programme
Sep 10, 2021 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Europe, Romania, Enel X Romania, pv powr plant, Compa
Statkraft speeds up onshore renewables annual target to 4GW by 2030
production capacity by 2030, both by proceeding creating in Nordic markets (Norway as well as Sweden) as well as expanding in more recent markets. Statkraft
Jun 28, 2022 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Markets & Finance News, renewable energy target, Statkraft, green hydrogen, power generation, green hydrogen strategy, renewable energy growth

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