Floating solar has been a key transformer in Norwegian state-owned utility Statkraft’s energy transition, and Birgitte Ringstad Vartdal’s appointment as executive vice president of European wind and solar came at the right time to facilitate this ambition.
Vartdal became a member of Statkraft’s corporate management team this April, having left a CEO position in Golden Ocean.
The Norwegian energy giant launched a floating photovoltaic pilot in Albania, linked to its Banja hydropower station in the country.
The 2MW array is expected to be built on the 72 MW’s plant reservoir.
Statkraft CEO Christian Rynning-Tønnesen says: “By 2025, Statkraft has an ambition to become one of the world’s leading renewable companies. Statkraft’s planned growth in European wind and solar is an important part of this ambition and will be the responsibility of Birgitte Ringstad Vartdal.
“In addition, she assumes responsibility for Statkraft’s Project Delivery Unit as well as investments in new business opportunities such as biofuels, hydrogen, electric car charging and data centres.”
Vartdal says: “Statkraft has an ambitious strategy and unique position for further growth within renewable energy. I am very much looking forward to embarking on this task and contributing to this growth together with the rest of the organisation.”