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Identification of potential

Western Harbour Malmö

The whole Western Harbour district was gradually built up out of filling material, starting already in the late 1700’s. For many years it belonged to the ship yard of Kockums. When the ship yard activities decreased, the production hall was rebuilt to a SAAB factory. The factory was not used for long, however, before it was converted into the Malmö Fair.

The closure of the Kockums shipyard presented lead to a transformation and creation of a new district in the city. In the year 2001 the Housing Fair BO 01 was held in the Western Harbour. This became the start of the development of a new district with housing by the sea. Many different architects were involved and created a great diversity of the architecture.

The creation of the district of Western Harbour is based on a fundamental ecological approach to planning, building and construction. The aim is for the district to be an internationally leading example of environmental adaptation of a densely built urban environment. The area is supplied by 100% renewable energy – wind, solar and geothermal energy. Houses have a total energy demand of maximum 105 kWh/m2.

The Western Harbour has in a couple of decades trans-formed itself from being an industrial park into becoming an area for knowledge and sustainable living. Since the closing of Kockums machine halls and cranes have been making way for parks, swimming areas, schools, and living accommodations.

For more information : Western Harbour Malmö

Mobilization of potential

Subsidies for PV

Investment subsidy for grid-connected PV-systems of maximum 60% (except for large companies where the maximum is 55%). The maximum amount is 2 million SEK/plant and 75 000 SEK (excl VAT) per kWp. The total subsidy was 50 million SEK for 2009 and the amount will be about the same for 2010 and 2011 respectively. In contrast to the first subsidy scheme (2005-2008) for PV that was only open for public buildings, this is also open for private house owners and companies.

For more information : Subsidy for PV

Jointly owned PV-plant in Sweden :

Sala-Heby Energi AB wanted, as the first energy supplier in Sweden, offer its customers to trade with electricity from the sun. A number of options were presented to Sala-Heby Energi AB customers and a specific offer was made. Solel i Sala och Heby Ekonomisk förening was formed in the spring of 2009 as a result of this work. The first co-owned photovoltaic facility was built in September 2009 and the second in july 2010. A third is planned in spring 2011.

The formation of Solel i Sala and Heby ekonomiska förening shows that it is possible to take advantage of a local interest in solar electricity and turn it into concrete construction of large photovoltaic systems. It also shows that it can be done in a relatively short time, which of course is of great value.

Solel i Sala and Heby ekonomisk förening is the first of its kind in Sweden and will hopefully inspire and pave the way for similar organizations around the country with an increased trade with solar electricity as a result.

For more information : Jointly owned PV-plant in Sweden

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