Port of Trelleborg turns into true solar park
Almost two years ago, the Port of Trelleborg, Scandinavia’s largest ro-ro harbour, began to generate solar energy. The solar park with around 1,300 photovoltaic panels was put into operation within the extension project of the Swedish port, which will be implemented in the coming years. It is expected that renewable energy will satisfy at least a quarter of the new port’s energy needs.
In early August 2022, the Port of Trelleborg reached an important milestone in generating solar energy. The solar park, which was launched on 1 September 2020, produced 1 million kilowatt-hours of renewable energy. This corresponds to an average annual consumption of 196 houses.
“Port of Trelleborg, with the ambition to be the Baltic Sea’s climate-smartest port, is constantly working on various improvement measures within the environment and sustainability. The introduction of a solar park is part of our climate work where we see an opportunity to become our own electricity supplier,” noted Trelleborgs Hamn AB, the port operating company owned by the Trelleborg Municipality.
Working for the future
The solar park consists of 1,296 solar panels and has an area of 2,200 square meters. It was installed to supply energy for the planned port extension. It will satisfy at least a quarter (500,000 kilowatt-hours) of the new port’s energy needs, which are estimated at around 2 million kilowatt-hours per year. The solar cells are connected to the port’s electricity grid.