Denmark reached its goal to achieve 200 MW of solar energy by 2020 much faster than it had set out. In 2012, the country experienced a rapid solar energy growth burst in installed MW from 9 to 316 MW. But it did not stop there: Since 2012, many more solar projects have been developed over the years. Thus, Denmark’s solar capacity has been increased to 2188 MWh by the end of 2022. In this article, we present the three currently largest solar projects in Denmark.
1) 300MW solar project in Southern Denmark near Kassø
First on the list is the 300 MW Kassø solar park, located in Southern Denmark near Kassø in the municipality of Aabenraa. It is owned by European Energy. The company had the plan to build the largest solar park in Northern Europe. Construction started in 2021 and it was commissioned in July 2022. Now, it delivers enough electricity to cover the consumption of over 75,000 households and reduce CO2 emissions of about 110,000 tons.
Location: near Kassø, Aabenraa, Southern Jutland
Owner/Investor: European Energy
Involved parties in construction: European Energy
2) Vandel III: 155MWp solar park in Vejle, Jutland
Vandel III is a large-scale operating solar farm in Vandel, which is a region in Southern Denmark. It is located on the former Vandel airport in the municipality of Vejle in Jutland. The solar park covers 180 hectares and is, thanks to its capacity of 155MWp, one of the largest solar parks in Scandinavia. It produced 160,000 MWh annually while covering the electricity consumption of about 36,250 households. The construction of the solar park started in early 2020 and was completed in just 18 weeks. Swedish company Infranode owns 60% of Vandel III and is partnered with Danish company BeGreen. The latter manages construction, operation as well as maintenance of the solar farm.
Location: Vandel airport in the municipality of Vejle in Jutland, Denmark
Owner/Investor: Infranode, BeGreen
Involved parties in construction: BeGreen
3) 207 MW solar farm near Holstebro in Midtjylland, West Denmark
The solar park Bur/Gedmose has a capacity of 207MW, which makes it one of the largest solar plants in Northern Europe. It supplies 130,000 households with renewable energy. Located near Holstenbro, the solar park covers an area of 222 hectares. Commissioned in October 2021, it was the first subsidy-free solar park in Denmark. Its electricity is sold to other companies via Power Purchase Agreements. The park was built and financed by Heartland, and is owned by its‘ daughter company Bestseller currently.
Location: near Holstebro in Midtjylland, West Denmark
Owner/Investor: Bestseller, Heartland
Involved parties in construction: Heartland
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