‘Let’s have a sustainable mindset and save our world!’

‘Let’s have a sustainable mindset and save our world!’
Photo: NFGL Local Network Dalarna
On April 29, NFGL Local Network Dalarna organised a study visit to three of the biggest solar farms in Sweden. The theme of the event was ‘There is enough sun’ (to stay clean). Israel Biramo was responsible for organizing the trip with help from Frank Fidler (PhD), a senior lecturer at Dalarna University. Here, Israel shares his reflections on the process.

It was an interesting event with a good experience sharing and networking opportunity. I will try to share some of my experiences from organizing and partaking in the event. In the process of planning the event, I followed a few guidelines which I assumed applicable to other events and good to share here also:

  • What is the objective of the event?

  • What kind of event can we plan?

  • Who and how many people can participate?

  • When is the most appropriate time to organize the event?

  • How can we organize it and share the responsibility between the group members?

We passed in all these steps and we managed to hold the trip which included NFGL members, lectures from Dalarna University and solar experts from Borlänge Energi and Falun Energi. Since it was a mixture of students, teachers and professionals from the energy sector, it was a good networking opportunity for us. The first place we visited was a 1 MW solar farm in Våsterås with a dual axis tracking, for following the direction of the sun. This farm is the largest of its kind in the Nordic region.

Photo: Apotea Logistics Centre

The second park we visited was Sweden ́s largest rooftop solar installation in Apotea Logistics Centre. It is a 1.5 MW solar farm designed to make the warehouse self-sufficient and it covers a surface area of 9,100 m2. It is really a good project which shows the commitment of Sweden and Swedish companies for SDGs.

The third place visited was a 300-kW ground-mounted system in Sala. The unique thing about this project is that it was built by an economics association called Solel in Sala & Heby, which is established by solar energy enthusiasts living in Sala and Heby. The association contains individuals and companies which have the objective to promote solar energy. The exemplary work of the association is really inspiring.

Photo: Sala Farm

Let me conclude by sharing this; When one of my mates saw the theme of the event ‘There is enough sun, he reacted by saying, “I guess you have been hibernating all winter”. He was one of the participants on the event and his final thought was, “Sustainability is Mindset”. We can say a lot about why it is difficult to create a greener world, but the environment cannot understand our excuses.

Creating a sustainable world is about our attitude and I believe there is a lot to learn from Sweden ́s success in sustainability. Currently, Sweden’s PV installed capacity is far more than most of the sunniest parts of the world. Let’s have a sustainability mindset and save our world!