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Solar power

The world is embracing solar power on a scale we haven’t seen before; it’s a clean, abundant source of energy bringing benefits at the local and global scale. Statkraft has developed solar projects for over twenty years, and our ambitions remain high. 

Solar power is a clean, abundant and inexhaustible source of energy. We develop and own solar power assets, and are looking for opportunities to expand both in Europe, South America and India.

Having acquired solar pioneer Solarcentury in November 2020, our highly skilled solar development team operates across Europe and Latin America with a 10 GW global pipeline, positioning us as a leading developer in the European solar market. 

Solar power in numbers

  • 700 MWp
    UK solar projects installed
  • 210,000
    Equivalent homes powered with green electricity
  • 20
    British utility-scale solar farms built
Lady at solar farm

Our solar power ambitions

To meet the increased need for renewable energy solutions we are well positioned as a major solar and wind developer. We have built 1 GW of wind and solar, and have another gigawatt under construction. Our ambition is to develop over 2 GW of solar power by 2025.  

Solar power is a highly scalable energy source, as solar systems exist in many different sizes, from small plants on rooftops to utility-scale solar parks. Our strategic focus is on the latter type of development.

When Statkraft develops a solar farm, we manage the whole process – from the early stages of community engagement, to the submission of a planning application, to financing, construction and operation of the solar farm. This engagement is key for both the landowner and the community, allowing us to work together on the plans and incorporate suggestions. 

Read more about our strategic ambitions

Spider on solar panel

How solar works

The energy from the sun’s radiations is referred to as solar energy. This energy is received as heat and light and can be converted to various useable forms – the most common being electricity. Photovoltaic cells convert the energy from solar radiations into electricity.

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Towards number one

As the world’s energy demands continue to increase, solar power will play an ever more important role in the global energy system. A sharp drop in the cost of solar technology coupled with an increasing demand for renewable energy means that solar power is now the fastest-growing energy source in the world. Solar capacity has grown 27 times over the last decade and solar energy is expected to outshine other renewables as the world’s largest source of electricity from 2035, according to Statkraft’s Low Emissions Scenario. In 2050, solar power is expected to account for 38 per cent of global power generation.

Countless benefits

At Statkraft we’ve embraced solar energy because of its low impact route to a sustainable future, which can enhance life for local communities and the environment.  

Future energy: A solar farm will generate clean, renewable electricity available for future generations. Local energy production improves energy security.  

Business rates: It can contribute millions of pounds in business rates to the local Council over the life of the project.  

Jobs: We encourage local suppliers to work with us, playing a part in the construction or operation of the solar farm. Up to half a million pounds can be spent on locally sourced contracts and services during the construction phase.  

Community benefits: We’re committed to being a good neighbour to the communities that host a solar farm - not just during the planning and construction phases, but for the life of the project. It is our belief that the local community should share in the benefits, as well as knowing that clean, green solar energy is being produced locally. 

Wildlife opportunities: For every solar farm we build, we look to improve the environment by planting wildflower meadow, improving hedgerows and providing bird and bat boxes. Solar energy farms provide great opportunities for micro habitats. The variety of dry and wet, and shaded and sunny areas, when properly planted and managed can support a variety of wildlife. We use only native seed and hedgerow appropriate to the location to encourage biodiversity and support species like endangered bumblebees with the support of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust.  

In the last 100 years bumblebee populations have crashed, with two species becoming extinct in the UK. The land selected for a solar project has typically been dominated by intensive agriculture, stripping the soils of nutrients and the environment of wildlife diversity, yet they have the potential to provide an ideal environment for bee habitats because they can support a range of attractive microhabitats. The variety of dry and wet and shaded and sunny areas, if properly planted and managed, can encourage a wide variety of fauna.

That’s why we work closely with the experts at the Bumblebee Conservation Trust to develop habitat management practices at our solar farms which enhance, create and restore bumblebee habitats. The Bumblebee Conservation Trust provides feedback on habitat, plant species and ground preparation techniques which enable bumblebees to thrive.