- The Land and Environment Court in Sweden has cleared European Energy’s 128.5 MW solar power plant project
- Its application was previously rejected by Skane’s County Board, halting project construction
- The company now plans to bring the project online in 2024 if the verdict is not contested further
Denmark’s European Energy says the Land and Environment Court in Växjö, Sweden has decided in its favor clearing the way for the renewable energy developer to build the ‘largest’ solar park in Sweden with 128.5 MW capacity.
European Energy’s application for Svedberga Solar Power Plant was rejected by the County Board in Skane, halting its construction. The court however found the decision was wrong and that the environment protective measures and adaptations proposed by the company are sufficient.
The Danish developer is now getting ready to construct the project, adding that if the verdict is not challenged the project will come online in 2024.
“This case is extremely gratifying for both individuals and companies in southern Sweden who have suffered from shortages and high electricity prices. The solar park in Svedberga will generate new green electricity corresponding to the annual consumption of 35,000 residential households, which is the largest single contribution of new electricity to the region in many years,” said Deputy CEO of European Energy, Jens-Peter Zink.
European Energy says the Svedberga project will be the largest single fossil-free power production capacity in Skane since the decommissioning of the Bärseback nuclear power plant. It will be spread across 232.5 hectares out of which some 1/3rd will be used for solar power production leaving the remaining space for agricultural activities.
While European Energy terms this as the largest solar power plant in Sweden, Finland’s Ilmatar has announced 2 large scale solar facilities with 550 MW and 450 MW for the country (see Europe PV News Snippets).