In Norway, Solør Bioenergi Varme AS (Solør Bioenergi), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Swedish biomass-fired district energy provider Solör Bioenergy Group (Solör) has announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Eidefoss Biovarme AS from AS Eidefoss. The purchase includes the district heating plant in Otta in Sel municipality, which supplies public and private customers in the center with renewable bioheat.
According to Solør Bioenergi, power utility AS Eidefoss has “built a robust facility” and supplied Otta’s centre with renewable and uninterrupted heat since its inception in 2007.
The biomass-fired district heating plant supplies public and private customers in the town centre with approximately 6 GWh of renewable bioheat annually.
Development of the district heating at Otta has taken place in good cooperation between Eidefoss Biovarme and the municipality, which has supported the municipality’s growth and climate goals in a good way, said Eldri Siem, Municipal Director of Sel municipality.
Solør Bioenergi is now taking over the facility to develop the business further in close cooperation with customers and local authorities.
Ensuring competitive green energy with high security of supply to both industry, companies and private individuals is of course important to us, Eldri Siem said.
Expanding operational footprint
Since its start in 2003, Solør Bioenergi together with its parent company, Solör Bioenergy Group, has developed into a leading player in renewable energy in Norway and Sweden.
The company operates in 249 locations in Sweden and Norway where they produce and distribute district heating, steam, and electricity to homes, companies, public businesses, and industries with over 2.5 TWh in total energy deliveries.
The business also includes energy recovery of impregnated wood and production of biomass fuels such as pellets.
For the Norwegian part of the business, the head office is in Kirkenær.
With the acquisition of the district heating plant at Otta, Solør Bioenergi strengthens its investment in the Inland region. We look forward to supporting Sel municipality’s plans for the development of Otta by offering further development of sustainable heating solutions in the area, said Hans M. Moss, Chairman of Solør Bioenergi Varme.
The investment in district heating has been – and is – very important to reach overall climate goals. In addition, district heating contributes to relieving the load on the electricity grid, which in turn reduces society’s investment needs, and frees up a lot of electricity capacity for more appropriate purposes than heating, for example, electric car charging, Hans M. Moss said.
As a representative of shareholders in AS Eidefoss, CEO Hans Kolden is satisfied that it is industrial and long-term owners who are now taking over the baton and taking the development further.
Our investment in the bioheat facility at Otta has been a small activity for the Eidefoss Group, both financially and in relation to working hours from employees. This is a good industrial solution for the Eidefoss Group in relation to our main focus areas going forward. The day-to-day operation of the facility will also be largely handled by employees in Eidefoss and we are very satisfied with that, said Hans Kolden.