The number of installed photovoltaic systems in Sweden is increasing rapidly, but solar power still accounts for a marginal share of total energy production. Interest in the technology and the long-term potential is great. The EU project “Sol I Syd” aims at stimulating the number of solar investments in Skåne and Blekinge, by further efforts towards the business community. Skåne Energy Agency, has received financial support from the European Regional Development Fund for the project “Sol i Syd” (area 3 – Sustainable growth – low carbon economy) for a three year project period, and with a total budget of EUR 560 000.
The project is a collaborative project with Skåne Energy Agency as a leading partner. Other partners are Energy Agency of Southeast Sweden, The Country Administrative Board of Blekinge, Lund University, the Country Administrative Board of Skåne.
The main purpose of the project is to strengthen the PV-industry and the business sector. Project activities are going to stimulate an increase in investments in renewable electricity generation in the form of solar power. A survey of the PV-industry will map the number of companies and other actors active in the PV-industry and the number of employees working full time within the industry today. Annual follow-up in statistics from Solar Region Skåne showing increases in installed capacity, green certificates generated and granted subsidies for PV in Skåne and Blekinge, and an interactive PV map will be created. A dialogue regarding the preparedness among the network companies to handle heavy boost of the market for PV installations. Among the project activities to be performed includes a number of training and workshops for the PV-companies, architects, energy companies, fire- and rescue services and SME interested in investing in PV-systems. Activities will strengthen knowledge, increase business opportunities with new concepts and design. Regional environmental targets for solar power will be introduced if found possible. An analysis of the solar power industry showing the number of employees in Skåne and Blekinge will be performed. A similar network for solar power as in Skåne (Solar Region Skåne) will be set up in Blekinge. Exchange of information between the project Sol i Syd and the project IEA SHC Task 41 ”Solar Energy and Architecture”, and also the project IEA SHC Task 51 ”Solar Energy in Urban Planning”.
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