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«Solar energy is bound to be in
our future. There’s a kind
of inevitability about it»

Jim Inhofe

About us

Founded in 2020, Solgrid aims to become a leading Nordic producer of solar energy.

In cooperation with power producers, public authorities and grid operators, we develop, build, operate and own industrial scale solar power plants.

Solgrid has a project portfolio of more than 300 MW in Norway and Sweden in different stages. The construction of our first plant started in 2020.

Our team and owners have a long track record from the Nordic and international energy and solar power industry.

Together we will accelerate the transition to clean energy based on sustainable solutions.

Management Team

Kristin Melsnes

CEO

kristin@solgrid.no
+47 952 95 342

MSc from NTH/NTNU with More than 20 years of executive experience within the power and renewable energy industry as well as start-ups and consultancy.

Former Group Manager of Stange Energi AS and CEO og Elverum Energi Nett and Deputy Manager Elverum Energi AS.

Long track record as board member of various companies such as Stena Renewable AB, Melbye Scandinavia, Nordkraft AS (CoB), Østerdalen Kraftproduksjon AS.

Lars G. Dysterud Hansen

Head of Development/Founder

lars@solgrid.no
+47 974 03 702

First mover and serial solar energy entrepreneur since 2004.

Founder of Norsk Solkraft (2005) and established foothold from the very infancy of the solar industry in Italy. Founded AEGA Solar (2013)-listed on Oslo Stock Exchange, Mypower AS (2017) and Switchr AS (2018).

Experience from PV projects (development, construction and operations) in Italy, Germany, Bulgaria, Norway and Sweden.

Bjørn I. Bjørnnes

COO/Founder

bjorn@solgrid.no
+47 934 49 916

Bjørn has 13 years of experience in the solar energy industry in development and construction of large-scale solar projects, both as a project manager, COO and CFO.

Co-founder of Norsk Solkraft AS (2005), Mypower (2017), Switchr (2018) and Solgrid (2020).

Graduated from BI Norwegian Business School with experience in financial management, business consulting and software development.

Eddie Bastiansen

CFO

eddie@solgrid.no
+47 916 872 66

Master in Audting and Accounting from NHH (Norwegian School of Economics, in Bergen) and holds a Bachelor in Auditing from BI (Norwegian Business School, in Oslo).

Has more than 25 years experience as a financial business leader. From KPMG, Rosings Industrier, SCAN Geophysical, Lindab and Betonmast/BetonmastHæhre.

For the last nine years Eddie has been the Financial Director/CFO for the construction group BetonmastHæhre.

Edwin Cunow

Consultant

Consultant

edwin@solgrid.no
+47 934 49 916

Edwin has been an independent consultant, exclusively and successfully engaged with many large scale projects. He has nearly 30 years of experience in PV with more than 300 MWp designed and installed around the globe. He is one of the world’s few pioneers in the solar industry. From 1986 till the end of 2005, he has been in charge of several leading positions within the PV business. Since 1996, he served as sole Project Manager, responsible for all Megawatt ventures of Siemens Solar and Shell Solar.

Michael Bucat

Project manager

On board from June 1. 

Engineering experience since 2001 in the oil and gas industry. Extensive experience in EPCI projects. Eleven years in Australia working on greenfield and brownfield onshore and offshore processing plants, as well as gas transmission facilities. A further 8.5 years working in Norway in the subsea industry.

Engineering degree from The University of Western Australia. Recognizing the future of energy supply, moved to the solar industry in 2021.

Henning Leifsen

Project manager

On board from June 1. 

MSc from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). Master’s Degree in mechanical engineering with extended education in electrical engineering, focusing on renewable energy.

More than 13 years of experience as Project Manager and Principal Engineer for Norconsult AS, covering a wide range of projects and disciplines within the construction industry and the oil & gas industry.

Board of Directors

Thorvald Steen

Chairman of the Board

thorvald@solgrid.no
+47 934 21 940

Thorvald is working as a business advisor. He is graduated from Royal Norwegian Naval Academy and has more than 30 years of experience from industry and finance.

He worked for almost ten years in Norsk Hydro, before establishing VentureLab AS, which for ten years assisted start-up companies with fundraising. The last ten years he has worked with corporate finance, mainly equity and bond financing aimed at SMEs.

Thorvald has experience from CEO positions and as board member from various industries.

Martin Vatne

Board member

Martin Vatne is the Executive Vice President of Strategy and Business Development in Østfold Energi. He has a MSc in Computer Science and Innovation from NTNU and 15 years’ experience from management consulting.

Vatne is a board member in several startups related to Greentech and Renewables and is an expert on strategy execution, business development, growth and operational excellence.

Prior to joining Østfold Energi Vatne was leading 90 consultants across 4 countries and a part of the EMEIA management team in EY.

Frank Sagvik

Board member

Frank Sagvik is the leader of Akershus Energi’s investment in the business areas solar, hydrogen and green infrastructure. He has a degree in engineering and has broad experience from the energy sector at the interface between public authorities and private business.

Through board positions in both industry and business clusters as well as in solar companies such as Otovo and Solenergi FUSen, Sagvik has solid knowledge of the solar industry.

Lars G. Dysterud Hansen

Board member

First mover and serial solar energy entrepreneur since 2004.

Founder of Norsk Solkraft (2005) and established foothold from the very infancy of the solar industry in Italy. Founded AEGA Solar (2013)-listed on Oslo Stock Exchange, Mypower AS (2017) and Switchr AS (2018).

Experience from PV projects (development, construction and operations) in Italy, Germany, Bulgaria, Norway and Sweden.

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