A sunshine story
According to the UN, energy is the largest contributor to climate change, through the emission of CO2 and other greenhouse gases. At Fjordkraft we therefore believe it is important to give customers the opportunity to produce their very own clean energy.
Renewable energy is the solution if we are to succeed in stopping climate change, which is one of the UN's sustainability goals.
Fjordkraft contributes to achieving these goals in several ways. Since 2018, we have given customers the opportunity to produce their own clean and sustainable solar power.
- We see that interest in solar cells in the market has grown tremendously in recent years. More and more customers want to produce electricity themselves. It is important for Fjordkraft that we help our customers make sustainable choices and help accelerate the green shift to reach the UN's sustainability goals, says Christian Kalvenes, Executive Director at Fjordkraft.
Suitable conditions in Norway
Solar power has been common in southern Europe for some time. But even with our closest neighbour, Sweden, solar panels are far more common than they have been in Norway upto now. A common misconception is that the Norwegian climate is not suitable for solar power production.
- In Norway, we have good conditions for efficient solar production. A lot of light and not too high temperatures are ideal for the solar cells, explains Kalvenes.
But of course, during the darker, winter months, production is low. That's why Fjordkraft have found a solution that enables the customer to benefit from their solar panels throughout the year.
- We will soon launch "Solkonto". Here our customers will be able to use electricity in the winter that they have produced in the summer. With this, we want to make purchasing solar panels even more profitable and attractive to our customers,” says Kalvenes.
Solar panels provide green and emission-free electricity. The environmental benefits will be visible after two years.
Every little helps
You are entitled to up to NOK 28 750 in support from Enova to install solar panels. Figures from Enova say a lot about growth in recent years.
In 2016, there were 145 who received support for solar cells, while in 2019 the figure is likely to exceed 1000.
Within the Fjordkraft company, it was the TrøndelagKraft brand who was first to offer customers solar panels, but from April 2019 we have also been able to offer this through Fjordkraft.
Those who have solar panels don’t pay for the electricity or line rental for the electricity they produce themselves. Surplus electricity from the meter is automatically sent out via the power lines to other houses connected to the same lines.
We know that each panel reduces emissions equivalent to 2500 km of driving. As we fight to reach the sustainability goals, it’s true that every little helps. The more sources we have of renewable energy, the lower the requirement of polluting sources of kWh energy.