Skanska Sweden has pioneered the use of roof-mounted solar panels to generate communal electricity for the Lindhagensterrassen residential project
Lindhagensterrassen is a residential project in central Stockholm that pioneered the use of roof-mounted solar panels to generate electricity for communal lighting and electric vehicle charging stations.
Lindhagensterrassen in northwest Kungsholmen, central Stockholm, consists of three 16-storey apartment buildings. Lindhagensterrassen buildings 3, 4 and 5 have a total of 253 private sale apartments that were constructed by Skanska Sweden for Skanska Residential Development Nordic (RDN). Construction began on the Lindhagensterrassen project in September 2007 and residents moved into the three buildings between June 2009 and the third quarter of 2010. The project includes an underground garage with 80 spaces and a park that the apartment buildings overlook.
Lindhagensterrassen was equipped with roof-mounted solar panels to generate electricity for communal lighting and electric vehicle charging stations. The initiative is part of a wider cooperation between Skanska RDN and the energy company Forum, known as the Sustainable Urban Living project, which is aimed at creating very low or net-zero energy consumption buildings.
The apartments are functional and flexible, and provide healthy living environments for occupants. During construction, Skanska promoted good relations with the buyers of the apartments and encouraged their involvement in the management and maintenance of the buildings by creating a resident-owned housing association.
Comprehensive health and safety considerations promoted a safe working environment for construction workers which resulted in no lost time accidents occurring on site. Local workers and regional construction materials were prioritised in order to benefit the regional economy and reduce the environmental impacts associated with long haul transportation. Lindhagensterrassen has continued to provide benefits to the region following construction, acting as a catalyst for further regeneration in the area.
The Lindhagensterrassen development is an innovative project that demonstrates the potential for integrating small-scale renewable energy generation into residential buildings. Skanska RDN and Fortum intend to learn from the experience of the solar panel project to contribute toward future potential projects in Scandinavia.