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Sun-Starved Sweden Turns to Solar to Fill Power Void

Shutdown of two reactors has created a power deficit in the south, and solar is emerging as the only capacity that can be built quickly enough

Alight AB’s solar park in Sweden.

Alight AB’s solar park in Sweden.

Photographer: Patrik Ekenblom/Alight AB

Sweden, known for its long dark winters with barely any daylight, is seeing a solar power boom.

Harnessing whatever sunshine the country gets is emerging as the quickest solution to fill part of the void left by two closed nuclear reactors in southern Sweden, where the biggest cities and industries are located. With shortages piling up in the region and consumers keen to secure green energy at stable prices, solar is quickly catching up with wind as developers put panels on rooftops and underutilized land in populated areas.