How Stockholm’s biggest solar cell complex came to be

Calle Henriksson points to his office building, where there are also solar cells. (Loukas Christodoulou/Radio Sweden)
Calle Henriksson had the idea of powering the office he works in with solar cells; the idea took off and now the nearby area has Stockholm’s biggest sun-powered system.

Radio Sweden joined him on the roof to hear more about the 4,500 square meters of solar cells that now cover a series of converted industrial buildings east of downtown Stockholm.

Sweden’s electricity as a whole mostly comes from hydropower and nuclear, with solar electricity contributing well under 1 percent of the nation’s power based on the latest figures.

But Calle Henriksson challenges other property companies to build an even bigger solar power complex and take him on in a race to harness the power of the sun.

Related stories from around the North:

Canada: Indigenous community in Northern Canada to offset diesel with solar panels, CBC News

Finland: Finnish solar industry looks for boost from better storage, Yle News

Norway: The quest to turn Norway’s Arctic coast into Northern Europe’s wind power hub, The Independent Barents Observer

Russia: Italian firm to build giant wind farm in northwestern Russia, The Independent Barents Observer

Sweden: Sweden’s solar industry sees bright future despite shrinking subsidies, Radio Sweden

United States: Despite winter darkness, solar power might work better in rural Alaska than you’d expect, Alaska Dispatch New

Loukas Christodoulou, Radio Sweden

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