Jan Rasdal is one of several landowners of the Rasdalen power plant.
He is also an operator at the power plan. Here he discusses the background for the power plant and his collaboration with Småkraft.
“There is a reason why a power plant was built here. BKK had received an approved overall plan that entailed transferring the Rasdalselva river and several other rivers to the Versdal watercourse. Everyone was against this because it would bring the water so far upriver that there would have been quite a reduction.
“Eventually, BKK put their plans on hold since there was so much resistance. Then something big happened. A speculator got hold of the waterfall rights from two of the landowners down at Bolstad, and they wanted to start up by building a power plant here. They began contacting me, since I owned the land down by the river. We came to an agreement that a serious actor had to take over all the agreements. And that’s what happened. Småkraft was contacted, and they were interested. So the development was initiated together with Småkraft. The plan was finished and ready for operation in 2009.