Solar power

Solar power is essential in a sustainable and fossil free energy system.

Solar power already plays a very important role in the energy system, from small household installations to large-scale projects. In recent years the cost of solar panels has dropped significantly, and they are now among the cheapest forms of electricity generation. Due to decreasing costs and low CO2 emissions, volumes of solar panels will continue to grow in our core markets and around the world; contributing to an increasing proportion of future electrification. Solar panels can also be called photovoltaic panels or PV panels. 

Large-scale solar farms

Large-scale solar farms will play a pivotal role in transforming Europe’s energy system. Vattenfall’s portfolio is growing particularly in Germany and in the Netherlands where large solar farms can be operated subsidy free.

Photovoltaics is now one of the cheapest technologies among renewable energies, and solar power has a high level of acceptance among the population. However, critics of open space photovoltaics fear that expansion could take place at the expense of agricultural land used for food production. Therefore agrivoltaics, a combination of sustainable agriculture and solar power generation is an innovative concept of land use on a commercial scale with partners.

Vattenfall is developing and constructing the 76 MW Tützpatz solar park in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. The aim of the project in Tützpatz is to combine module types on different mounting systems with suitable agricultural uses over an area of 95 hectares, and thus gain further practical experience for future commercial projects of this kind. Construction at Tützpatz started in summer 2023. 

Another example of smart use of technology is hybrid renewable parks, such as Haringvliet hybrid renewable park in the Netherlands where six wind turbines, PV capacity, and a battery were co-developed and are connected to the grid via the same connection. This hybrid renewable park was commissioned in 2022.

Combined hybrid parks

We are increasing the value of our core business technologies wind power and solar power by co-developing and co-locating integrated battery solutions where feasible. More about hybrid parks in this video:

Vattenfall's first floating solar farm in Gendringen, the Netherlands

The solar farm, with a capacity of 1.2 megawatt, was built on the site of the sand and gravel extraction company Netterden. This means that from now on, half of the annual energy consumption of the electric sand dredge and the associated sorting and processing equipment will be generated sustainably on site.

Space for building solar farms is scarce in the Netherlands. A possible solution to this is to construct floating solar farms, for example on ponds and pools resulting from sand and gravel extraction. An additional benefit is that the water cools the panels naturally, which increases their efficiency compared to land-based solar panels.

News and press releases

Innovative energy: Space solar and airborne wind turbines

Innovations redefine what’s possible. With global demand for fossil-free electricity forecast to double, we investigate four projects that could become viable options for the energy sector s...

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Sunny side up! The Tützpatz solar farm in north eastern Germany will co-exist with sustainable farming such as organic free-range egg production and could look like this AI generated image.

A place in the sun: Tützpatz combines solar and farming

In the north east corner of Germany, Vattenfall has started the construction of the country’s largest agrivoltaic project to date, Tützpatz. The design of the 79 MW project makes it possible...

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E-charging of a truck

Vattenfall and Coca-Cola in Sweden collaborate on electric heavy goods transport

Vattenfall and Coca-Cola in Sweden are investing in electric operation of heavy goods vehicles. Initially, three charging stations for trucks will be installed at Coca-Cola Europacific Partn...

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Wilhelm Löwenhielm, Head of Battery Energy Storage Systems at Swedish battery developer and manufacturer Northvolt

Northvolt: “Don’t fight carbon with carbon in the energy transition”

Batteries have a key role in the sustainable energy transition. But for batteries to be truly sustainable, there are several important aspects to consider, explains Wilhelm Löwenhielm, Head ...

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Battery storage

Batteries born to be flexible

Everyone knows what a battery is, but fewer people know their vast potential. In fact, batteries will play a major role in the energy transition, from being a simple power source to helping ...

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Sheep grazing at a solar farm

Vattenfall invests in 76-megawatt agrivoltaic project

Agrivoltaics is the combination of sustainable agriculture and solar power generation on the same agricultural land. Vattenfall has now made a final investment decision for a 76-megawatt sol...

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Our power plants

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Growth in solar energy

In 2023, more than 56 GW of solar capacity was installed in the EU and the share of solar energy in electricity production is steadily increasing. Vattenfall is currently developing and building several solar projects.

Solar energy and the environment

The environmental impacts occur mainly during the production of the solar panels, but solar energy emits no emissions during the operation. The environmental impact from the production of the panels is continuously decreasing due to increased use of renewable energy as well as more efficient resource use and production processes. We are one of the few companies to use Life Cycle Assessments (LCAs) to keep track of the environmental aspects of solar energy. 

In addition, Vattenfall has several stringent requirements in place when selecting solar panel and inverter suppliers. In our European tenders to select suppliers, as well as commercial and legal requirements we place high demands on their quality and sustainability. Suppliers must also adhere to Vattenfall’s Code of Conduct.

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