Stockholm (NordSIP) – Local investors in the Törneby Solpark (solar park) at the Kalmar Öland airport in Småland are discovering that solar energy is, well, hot. A decision in January by Emmaboda Energi och Miljö AB to invest just over SEK 1 million in the second stage of building the solar park in January is putting local actors in play to complete what will become Sweden’s largest member-owned solar park – and turn Småland into a region to be reckoned with when it comes to sustainable development.
The investment means Emmaboda Energi och Miljö AB will direct production corresponding to 1000 units of the solar park and expected to generate approximately 100 MWh of renewable electricity annually, relying on a line of local players who chose to invest in locally produced energy. 10 local actors and 100 private individuals bound by the Kalmarsund Sol association own the first stage of the solar park and interested parties are expected to increase with the launch of the second stage.
“As a local energy company, it is important to contribute to more sustainable energy production,” said Emmaboda Energi och Miljö AB CEO Stefan Lundgren. “It feels great to contribute to sustainable development through the investment in Törneby Solpark.”
The second stage of the solar park has been commissioned and will be completed this summer. Kalmar Energi, the leading regional energy supplier, is building a turnkey photovoltaic plant using Elia as a contractor, while installation is being handled by the Törneby Driftförening, which represents all the other directly-owned companies and organisations.
“I am deeply impressed by all those players who are actively choosing to invest in sustainable development,” said Therese Andersen, Communications Manager at Kalmar. “We have previously seen that solar energy engages the imagination as it becomes increasingly obvious that it is a crucial part of sustainable energy production. That so many want to be involved and enable local investments in renewable energy in this context is incredible.”