Swedish Energy Agency pushes for more residential PV

The Swedish Energy Agency (Energimyndigheten) announced that it has created a team of energy advisors that will encourage the installation of residential PV systems among homeowners. The advisors will work in partnership with hundreds of local municipalities and housing associations.

The initiative, which was launched in April, is expected to be fully implemented by the end of this year. Activities include seminars, meetings and direct contacts with homeowners.

The agency noted that most homeowners do not know that south facing roofs are not the only ones suitable for a PV system. “A roof facing East or West also provides a good level of solar radiation,” said project coordinator Alvar Palm.

The agency said that already 120 of the country’s 290 municipalities have joined the initiative.

Energimyndigheten has allocated SEK 225 million ($25.6 million) for the support of residential PV in 2017. The funds will be used to finance small-sized PV projects under the country’s solar rebate scheme.

Under the scheme, homeowners and private or public companies are entitled to receive a rebate that covers part of the cost of installing a PV system. A single PV project is eligible to receive financial support up to a maximum of SEK 1.2 million ($136,742). The cost of a project cannot exceed 37,000 SEK ($4,216) per kW installed.

Sweden has topped 140 MW of cumulative installed PV capacity as of the end of December 2016, according to the latest statistics from Energimyndigheten. Newly installed capacity for 2016 was approximately 13 MW. In 2015 and 2014, the country saw the addition of around 37.6 MW and 36.2 MW, respectively.