Swedish government to invest in solar energy

The Swedish government wants to produce significantly more solar energy in Sweden, reports Aftonbladet. It has now appointed the Swedish Energy Agency (Energimyndigheten) with developing a strategy to integrate solar cells into Sweden’s current networks. The Swedish Energy Agency will produce an interim report on the proposed strategy by 28 March, 2016.

“There is a huge interest for solar energy and technological development is ongoing. At the same time it is today a very small source of our electricity”, said Minister for Energy, Ibrahim Baylan (S). According to Minister Baylan, only 0.06 % of last year’s electricity was produced by solar cells. “Even on our latitudes and with a summer like this one, solar cells can still be a powerful tool with present technological developments”, said Baylan. The government has therefore announced that the autumn budget will contain an investment of SEK 450 million in support of such installations.

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Edgar Mannheimer is a journalist at Mundus News. Edgar has a passion for politics, foreign affairs and music. He grew up in Egypt, the US, Stockholm, and Jordan, following his mother’s job as a foreign correspondent. Bilingual with English as an academic language and Swedish as his mother tongue, he returned to Sweden to study at Lund University, where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Arabic/Middle Eastern Studies. During his time in Lund he was editor-in-chief of Radio UPF, the radio committee of the Association of Foreign Affairs, and also started a music program as a solo project. After Lund, he moved to Stockholm and recieved a Master’s degree in journalism from Stockholm University’s media institution, JMK.