Published on June 6th, 2020 |
by Jesper Berggreen
June 6th, 2020 by Jesper Berggreen
I have been watching Danish solar photovoltaic capacity and output closely since 2015, because I had a feeling something was looming after seeing the explosion of installed capacity in Germany in years prior.
When realtime solar PV output became available on energinet.dk, it was clear to see that this section of energy generation was growing. But was it growing exponentially? The famous “doubling every two years” statement from Ray Kurzweil in 2016 seemed far fetched, but as I have speculated in earlier posts, solar will dominate in the not so far future. In 2015, Denmark had a nameplate solar PV capacity of around 300 MW, and today we are closing in on 900 MW.
Energinet.dk just announced that 2019 had the lowest ever carbon-emission rate of generation of energy in the country: 135 grams of CO2 per kilowatt-hour generated. Area manager in Energinet Electrical System Responsibility, Hanne Storm Edlefsen, states:
“If you look at it historically, it is a really, really low number, and it shows the impressive green journey that the Danish electricity system has been on. In 1990, a kilowatt-hour produced emitted over 1000 grams of CO2 — about seven times as much.”
Still, another giant leap is about to be realized in this section, and below are extracts from a press release from ENCAVIS AG that sets the renewable future of the Danish energy generation system in stone. Encavis AG is a producer of electricity from renewable energy sources. It acquires and operates solar and wind parks and is one of the leading independent power producers in Europe.
Before we get into that, a quick note that the Danish Climate Council has just announced, that it advises the government to end all future oil and gas exploration in the North Sea. Chairman of the Climate Council, Peter Møllgaard, states:
“The exploration for new oil and gas fields in the North Sea could damage Denmark’s climate credibility on the international scene. By continuing the exploration rounds in the North Sea, we risk diluting the status of a pioneer country that Denmark achieves through ambitious reductions in greenhouse gas emissions within Denmark’s borders.”
So, just to be clear: oil is on its way out, renewables is coming in a big way. Without further ado, here’s the press release from Encavis AG:
ENCAVIS AG partners with GreenGo on 500 MW+ solar portfolio in Denmark
Hamburg, May 26, 2020 — Encavis AG (Prime Standard, ISIN: DE0006095003) is pleased to announce that it has signed a partnership agreement with GreenGo Energy Group a/s concerning a 500 MW+ portfolio of utility scale subsidy-free…
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