Author Archives: Sven Lindstrom

Perfect storm brewing for renewable distributed energy in urban areas – BIPV takes the lead

The stars are perfectly aligned for a swift and massive breakthrough of small-scale solar energy production in urban areas. This could completely change the world, the planet’s energy generation and save the environment. However, there are also obstacles to this bright future from the unlikeliest of sources. read more

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Solar and renewable energy trends in 2017

  • as seen by Sven Lindström, CEO, Midsummer

The solar and renewable energy industries are constantly evolving – and sometimes changing abruptly – and this will continue in the new year that is soon upon us. Sven Lindström, CEO of Swedish solar energy expert Midsummer, outlines what can we expect from 2017: read more

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Solar on Houses Needed for 2020 Target

Sven Lindström, CEO, Midsummer

In the last ten years, the installed global solar energy capacity has multiplied nearly 50 times. The cost of purchasing and installing a solar panel has decreased by 80 percent in five years and is still falling. The comparable cost of electricity generation has made solar energy the cheapest energy source today, from being the most expensive only six years ago. This is truly a green revolution. read more

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What does the Future Hold for Thin Film Solar Panels?

by Sven Lindström, CEO, Midsummer

The photovoltaic market continues to grow with impressive speed. Large scale silicon solar parks have been all the fashion until now but thin film panels are becoming increasingly popular and will dominate the small scale off-grid market and the booming building integrated PV segment, especially in sunny regions like Africa. read more

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Solar and renewable energy trends in 2016

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Five More Myths About Solar Energy – and the real facts

In an earlier article, Midsummer’s CEO Sven Lindström outlined some of the most common myths about solar power. Here are five more of the most common solar energy myths – coupled with the real facts: read more

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Five Myths About Solar Power – and the real facts

Solar energy and the solar industry has exploded in the last decade, and is today an established and competitive renewable energy source. Despite this (or maybe because of this), solar energy has been surrounded by myths, rumours and false facts that has dimmed the sunny (!) picture. Here are the five most common solar energy myths – and the real facts – as explained by Midsummer CEO Sven Lindström: read more

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The thin film solar cell industry in transition: knockout phase is over – profitability and vertical integration next

Prices of solar cells and solar panels have fallen dramatically over the last few years. This (and state subsidies) has been good for the advancement of this amazing renewable energy source, and solar energy can today be seen as an established energy source, reliable and well distributed, cost competitive with traditional non-renewable energy sources and with a very healthy annual growth in installed solar panels. read more

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Mega cities of the future require local electricity production – solar ‘roof energy’ is the answer

by Sven Lindström, CEO, Midsummer

Seven billion people will live and work in urban areas by 2050 and the demand for energy for all these people will be huge. Local production of energy will be needed with building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) key to make cities at least partially self-sufficient with energy. Rapid development in thin film solar cell efficiency strengthens the business case for BIPV, with great opportunities for suppliers of roofing materials and construction companies. read more

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