Norway’s Smakraft announces plans to double its generating capacity by 2022

Smakraft, an operator of small hydropower projects based in Bergen, Norway, has announced it will double its renewable energy generating capacity by 2022.

Smakraft aims to reach 2 TWh of electricity produced annually, with this growth coming from building new run-of-river plants and acquiring existing plants.

Pension delivery organization APG is the majority shareholder in Smakraft. Recently their commitment was extended to €300 million (US$351 million), and a press release says, “they see this expansion as an interesting opportunity to continue to support the increase of renewables in the European energy mix.”

To provide further money for growth, Smakraft is assessing the launch of a Euro-denominated Green Bond.

Smakraft was spun off by Statkraft in 2015 and merged with Norsk Gronnkraft in 2017, creating Europe’s largest operator of small hydropower plants. The firm operates more than 100 power plants across Norway.

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Elizabeth Ingram is content director for the Hydro Review website and HYDROVISION International. She has more than 17 years of experience with the hydroelectric power industry. Follow her on Twitter @ElizabethIngra4 .

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