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Solör Bioenergi acquires Vansbro district heating plants and network

In Sweden, Solör Bioenergi Västerdala, part of the Solör Bioenergi Group has announced that it has acquired two district heating plants and the heat network in Vansbro from Vansbro municipality. Solör has for many years operated district heating in the municipality, and customers in Vansbro will continue to be supplied with "environmentally friendly district heating with high reliability and quality."

Sweden-headed Solör Bioenergi Group is a leading player in renewable energy based on biomass fuels with 156 500 daily users. The company has operations located in 141 locations, primarily in Sweden and Norway, where they produce and distribute district heating, steam and electricity to housing, companies, public operations, and industries.

The acquisition, which was completed on November 6, 2019, means that Solör Bioenergi Västerdala acquires two biomass-fired district heating plants and the district heating network from Vansbro Municipality. The business also includes energy recovery from impregnated wood and biomass fuel production.

By utilizing the forest’s resources, Solör wants to pave the way for a sustainable society with reduced carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.

We are now taking over the entire business from Vansbro Municipality after we have rented the plants and the grid for several years, said Anders Pettersson, CEO, Solör Bioenergi District Heating.

The two biomass-fired heat facilities are located at Brosågen and Grönalid. The former is the main baseload plant and the one in Grönalid is used at peak load and backup.

In Sweden, Solör Bioenergi Västerdala, part of the Solör Bioenergi Group, has
acquired two biomass-fired district heating plants and the district heat network
from Vansbro municipality (photo courtesy Sofie Enander).

In Vansbro urban area, heat is delivered to just over 120 properties, which includes single-family housing, apartment buildings, industries, and public and private businesses. Since Solör is already responsible for the operation of the facilities and the network, the customers are not affected by the purchase.

The acquisition is part of our strategy to own the facilities we operate. Through ownership, we can develop them further, said Anders Pettersson.

The decision to carry out the purchase was made by a decision of the local council and the municipal council in Vansbro.

We are happy with the deal. Solör Bioenergi now has full control of the business and can ensure that we will have access to district heating in Vansbro in the future. We are, of course, looking forward to continued good cooperation, said Catarina Willman, Municipal Manager Vansbro Municipality.

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