First wind farm to receive electricity certificates

Åsen II wind farm in the municipality of Time in Rogaland County was the first wind farm to receive electricity certificates in Norway.

The wind farm started full-scale production of wind power on 8 March 2012. The Åsen II wind farm, which is owned by Solvind Åsen AS, has an installed capacity of 1.6 MW and a mean annual production of 4.9 GWh, corresponding to one year’s consumption for about 250 households.

Åsen II has made history in two ways, as far as electricity certificates are concerned. Firstly, it is the first wind farm to be granted electricity certificates in Norway. Secondly, it represents the first Norwegian contribution to Sweden and Norway’s common objective of developing 26.4 TWh of new renewable power generation in the period 2012-2020.

Statnett is responsible for keeping the electricity certificate register in Norway. This means that Statnett, among other responsibilities, issues electricity certificates to approved power plants. During the period from 1 January 2012 to the first quarter of 2013, Statnett issued 12 573 electricity certificates to 26 different power plants in Norway.