Ilmatar’s Solar Park in Sweden: A Step Towards Clean Energy

By Sophia Francise

June 23, 2023
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Ilmatar Solar AB, a subsidiary of Ilmatar Energy, will construct one of Europe’s largest solar parks near the Swedish town of Motala. 

The agreement between Vinnergi AB and Ilmatar Solar covers the development of brand-new, large-scale solar farms.

The partners are creating one of Europe’s largest solar farms, with a planned capacity of 550 megawatts. 

A land lease agreement has already been signed with the landowner. The park will provide electricity to 32,000 dwellings.1

“Together with Vinnergi, we will become a stronger actor in the electricity market. Sustainable development is the common denominator throughout the entire process — from agreement to planning and to the construction of the solar parks. As a sustainable, long-standing partner, Vinnergi is perfect for us,” says CEO of Ilmatar Solar AB Christian Gustafsson.

“We have already received a favorable initial estimate from Svenska kraftnät, Sweden’s TSO, and the permit process and electricity network issues are in full swing,” says Martin Ansell-Schultz, business developer at Vinnergi AB.

The idea is to take care of the landscape and add to the biodiversity in the area,” he added.

“Instead of cutting down planted production forests, which is not a feasible renewable energy method, we build solar parks, produce renewable energy and restore rolling pastures, the paradises of pollinators,” says Robert Wedmo, director of development at Ilmatar Solar AB.

Vinnergi assists solar park and energy storage developers to accelerate their expansion to meet the rapidly expanding solar energy demand in Sweden and the EU

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Vinnergi is responsible for selecting suitable construction locations, acquiring permits, connecting to the power grid, and constructing the internal network and network stations.

“Ilmatar is an interesting partner who, in the long term, will be responsible for the park’s entire life cycle — from construction to electricity sales for years to come. They already have experience in the wind power sector so that they can invest in large-scale electrical power production directly,” Ansell-Schultz adds.

References

  1. Ilmatar, “Ilmatar to build 550 MW solar park in Sweden’, 12 September 2022, https://ilmatar.fi/en/ilmatar-to-build-550-mw-solar-park-in-sweden/[]
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