In the heart of Oslo, Norway, the Sofienberg School stands as a testament to innovative architectural design and sustainability. Through a remarkable renovation project led by Ola Roald AS in 2021, this building has utilized solar energy in a way that sets a new standard for real estate developers.

Innovative Solar Solutions

The renovation of the concrete building, originally constructed in 1970, included the installation of a solar façade that spans 150 square meters. What makes this project particularly noteworthy is the use of custom-made, red solar panels supplied by Intelligent Solar, a Lithuania-based company specializing in BIPV solutions.

One of the significant challenges faced during the project was the installation of solar modules up to 3 meters in length, requiring a precise technological process to ensure perfect lamination quality. This was accomplished through the use of unique brackets designed specifically for the project, ensuring the facade’s durability and efficiency. At the same time, black solar panels were installed on the roof. In total, the solar plant covers approximately 430 square meters and produces around 40 MWh annually.

Aesthetics Meets Functionality

Choosing red solar panels was intentional, blending aesthetics with functionality. While these red panels may not produce as much electricity as their more traditional, black counterparts installed on the roof, they play a crucial role in the building’s overall aesthetic appeal. This allows integrating solar solutions without compromising on design. In urban settings where space is limited and aesthetic requirements are stringent, BIPV offers a viable solution that is both environmentally friendly and economically sensible.

Solar Future

The Sofienberg School project exemplifies how integrated solar cell solutions can address the power needs of Norway and similar regions. According to Statista (2024), solar energy capacity in Norway peaked at 321 MW in 2022. As solar energy capacity in Norway continues to grow, projects like the Sofienberg School pave the way for a sustainable and energy-efficient future.

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Ruta Stumbraite

At Solar Explain, Rūta brings her passion for process optimization, sales management, administration, and effective communication.

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