MASSIVE EXPANSION OF RENEWABLE ELECTRICITY
Sweden, like many other countries, is currently undergoing massive expansion of renewable electricity as a consequence of greater emphasis on climate change reduction measures and other factors. Infrastructure initiatives focusing on fossil energy are being challenged by technically effective and commercially viable technologies for renewable energy production. Solar power, wind power, geothermal energy and bioenergy are renewable energy sources that are available everywhere and are appropriate for local energy production adjacent to houses, housing associations, farms or commercial properties.
We are also seeing a development whereby consumers are becoming active prosumers, both producing and consuming energy. They are contributing to the energy system transition by producing their own solar electricity, storing energy in batteries and ensuring that their own consumption is metered and controlled digitally. The number of solar cell systems has quadrupled in Sweden over the last three years, with a power increase of 70 percent in 2019 alone. Solar cells reduce the cost of electricity, increase the value of properties and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This growth is expected to continue as the technology becomes cheaper and more efficient.