On 11 November 2019, the solar park on the roof of the shopping centre Down Town in Porsgrunn, Norway, was officially opened.
The Mayor of Porsgrunn, Robin Martin Kåss, and centre manager Bent Rosenberg connected the solar cells to power.
“We are proud to have such a facility with unique technology in our city. Investments like this contribute to sustainable development,” said Mayor Robin Martin Kåss.
Citycon has invested NOK 15 million in the solar plant, which consists of 8,000 square metres of solar panels. The solar park will annually produce energy equivalent to the consumption of about 40 houses or 100 apartments, and it will cover 15% of the shopping centre's energy needs.
“A great day for us at Citycon. We work every day to give our customers the best shopping experience at our centres, and we hope people in Porsgrunn appreciate that we are at the forefront when it comes to climate as well,” said Rosenberg.
Carbon neutral by 2030
The investment in solar energy at Down Town in Porsgrunn is part of a larger initiative from Citycon, which aims to be carbon neutral.
“Citycon’s long term goal is to be carbon neutral by 2030. The investment in the Down Town solar park is one of several climate measures at the shopping centre. Both new buildings, existing buildings and the operation of all our properties in Norway are environmentally certified according to the international standard BREEAM,” says Bill Engeness, head of sustainability at Citycon.