Axfood to build Sweden’s largest rooftop solar power facility in Balsta

WCN Editorial Team 21 Apr 2022 EUROPE ENERGY & UTILITIES

Axfood will build Sweden’s largest rooftop solar power facility in Balsta as part of its focus on renewable energy.

It will install solar panel on the rooftop of its Dagab’s automated logistics centre in Bålsta.

Dagab is Axfood’s purchasing and logistics company.

Solar panels will be installed over an area of approximately 80,000m2.

This project will feature more than 16,000 solar panels.

Axfood president and CEO Klas Balkow said, “Our major investments in solar energy are part of our larger green transition aimed at creating a more sustainable food system. Access to more renewable energy in society is vital for slowing climate change in time”.

When fully operational, the facilityis likely to generate approximately 8.9 MW, representing a yearly generating capacity of 7.8GWh.

Installation at the facility is slated to be completed in the autumn.

Dagab managing director Nicholas Pettersson said, “The investment in solar cells will add an important new source of green energy and support the energy requirements of our highly automated logistics centre in Bålsta, a unique facility covering over 100,000 square metres that, when fully operational in 2023, will be one of the largest and most modern facilities in Europe for the distribution of food for stores and online sales to millions of customers.”

For this project, Dagab, landlord Logicenters and solar solutions supplier Solkompaniet are collaborating.

Under this collaboration, Axfood has signed a power purchase agreement to buy the electricity produced for the next 25 years, while installation, operation and maintenance will be managed by Logicenters and Solkompaniet.

As per the agreement, Axfood can also sell any additional power beyond its requirement.

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Image: This project will feature more than 16,000 solar panels. Credit: Axfood/Cision.

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