The world’s northernmost solar PV installation is located at the Svalbard Airport, in Norway. The plant can meet up to 75% of the electricity demand of the airport in the clear and sunny days. These panels are installed vertically and thanks to the colder summer rather than southern Europe and the high light reflection of snow, they have realized to install solar panels vertically is the best option for the installation location.
Carl Einar Ianssen, the airport manager at Svalbard Airport, explains that the first phase of the project includes the solar panels on the rooftop of the terminal’s building and a plant on the wall facing the airstrip. These were completed in 2016.
Further development was done until 2018. The total project consists of 430 solar panels, which produce between 265 and 330 watts per panel. All the generated electricity from the photovoltaic systems is consumed locally. Diesel generators complement the solar project that could meet 75% of the electricity demand of the airport in the clear and sunny days. It is also worth mentioning that people live in total darkness over three months of a year in Svalbard island.
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