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Considering the Environment and Nature when Building and Operating Ground Mounted Solar Power Plants in Norway

Active Last updated: 30.01.2024
End: jul 2027
Start: aug 2023

EnviSol's mission is to harmonize the growth of ground-mounted solar power plants in Norway with the imperative to protect biodiversity and ecosystem services. With renewable energy production, preserving nature, and supporting ecosystems all in mind, EnviSol aims to pinpoint the ideal methods and locations for these solar installations, mitigating clashes over land use.

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Start - end date 01.08.2023 - 31.07.2027
Project manager Institute for Energy Technology
Project manager at Nibio Jonathan Rizzi
Division Division of Survey and Statistics
Department Geomatics

In collaboration with research partners IFE, NINA, NIBIO, and NMBU, EnviSol brings together diverse expertise to tackle cross-sector challenges. The project's strength lies in its unity, with ten partners representing various stakeholder interests joining forces to answer complex research questions.

EnviSol's objectives

Understanding Nature's Response: EnviSol dives deep into the effects of PV parks on the natural world, seeking insights to minimize or prevent their impact.

Balancing Usage Conflicts: By identifying strategies to reduce clashes stemming from diverse PV park uses, EnviSol aspires to find common ground between energy generation and ecosystem preservation.

Innovative Design for Dual Benefits: PV parks are primarily installed and operated to generate electricity but may also be actively used for other purposes. We will investigate how PV park design, construction and operations can be tuned to support ecosystem services in Nordic conditions

The EnviSol consortium is strategically assembled to advance the understanding of PV park and nature interactions. Their holistic approach encompasses nature-stimulating measures alongside cost-effective energy production, all while addressing usage conflicts. This interdisciplinary effort embodies the intersection of innovation and environmental responsibility.