The local energy challenge

Energy security and access

Around one billion people in the world lack access to electricity. Energy demand is expected to increase by 25% by 2040, the majority coming from emerging economies dependent on fossil fuels. Geopolitical shifts that regularly throw countries into energy price volatility and challenges in the market. Blackouts from tropical storms and other natural disasters coupled with the threats of cyber terrorism against our energy ecosystems also remind us of the vulnerability of centralized power systems.

The challenge is building an energy architecture with great performance and accessibility that simultaneously considers economic development, minimizes the effects on the environment and climate and contributes to national security.

Distributing the power

The only way out of this challenge is a transition from fossil based, centralized power to a decentralized or distributed set of renewable energy solutions. Power is generated closer to the source, the vulnerability decreases and the transition from fossil fuels is accelerated.

Commercial and residential buildings are responsible for around 30% of the all global GhG emissions. New technologies such as solar panels, geothermal heat pumps, smart grids and energy storage open up opportunities for property owners to produce their own renewable energy. Instead of being passive receivers, they create their own energy systems that produce, store and optimize energy over time. Buildings can become heroes, being climate passive or even net energy positive. These integrated solutions are a segment that is growing by up to 60% per year, just in Sweden.

Global CO2 emissions by sector

Enstar – Sustainable and sophisticated energy systems for property owners

Since 2004 Enstar has provided property owners in Sweden with cost efficient and sustainable system solutions for heat, cooling and electricity. The company has a holistic perspective, focusing on both the development, implementation and management of the various energy systems of properties and buildings. Customers include real estate companies, industries and tenant-owner associations, all looking to increase their property value by lowering their energy costs, reducing their energy consumption and turning to renewables.

Utellus – Solar and wind for the smaller energy consumer

Founded in 2006, Utellus is an energy company that offers private households, housing associations and smaller companies in Sweden turnkey solar power plants, shares in wind turbines and electricity with the ecolabel Good Environmental Choice. A key goal is to expand the renewable energy system, both by mediating green energy between buyers and sellers and by providing more clean energy to the system.

The company initiated and manages Sweden’s largest wind power cooperative, Solivind El Ekonomisk Förening. The members together own ten wind turbines with an annual production of about 63 GWh. Utellus also provides solutions for prosumers wanting to produce and consume their own solar energy.