Although its newly installed solar generation capacity was low compared with other European markets, Norway saw another record year for PV deployment in 2018.
According to statistics released by Multiconsult – published on the website of the Norwegian Solar Energy Cluster Solenergiklyngen – the country’s cumulative capacity reached 68 MW at the end of December.
The newly installed PV capacity figure for last year was 23.5 MW, which meant a rise of 29% from 2017, when new additions came in at 18 MW. In 2016, new additions totaled only 11 MW but in that year the market registered its largest annual growth – 366%.
“Continued fall in prices and increased electricity prices, as well as more attention to solar energy, explains part of the growth,” said Solenergiklyngen in a statement announcing the 2018 figure.
Trine Kopstad Berenten, general manager of Solenergiklyngen, said: “More and more companies are taking solar energy into their portfolios. In this way, solar energy becomes a more integrated part of the energy mix, together with hydropower and district heating.”
Norway is supporting rooftop solar through the “Plus Customer” scheme – Plusskundeordningen – which requires utilities to buy power from PV system operators.
— SolarPower Europe (@SolarPowerEU) 6 marzo 2019