Largest solar park in the Netherlands

The Solarpark Scaldia is being supported by North Sea Port, as the main land owner Photo: North Sea Port The Solarpark Scaldia is being supported by North Sea Port, as the main land owner Photo: North Sea Port

A solar power project which is the largest of its kind in the Netherlands is helping North Sea Port increase its credentials as a steward for renewable energy.

The Solarpark Scaldia, which sits on the edge of the Sloehaven in the Vlissingen port area, is being supported by North Sea Port, as the main land owner.

Energy generated by the park will help the Netherlands in its transition towards renewable energies and in obtaining its goal of 37% sustainable energy sources in electricity consumption by 2020.

Energy transition

When completed in autumn 18, the solar park will have a capacity of 54.5 MWp and an average production of 51,000 MWh per year.

This can be compared to the consumption of more than 14,000 households. During its 30 years’ life it will save more than 738,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions.

It will be built next to a number of wind turbines and under a high-voltage line in a cable and pipeline corridor.

The total surface area comprises 38 hectares around the Sloehaven. 140,000 solar panels will be erected in an east-west direction in order to optimise land use and the production profile and consequently, also the cost-effectiveness.

The project was begun in February 2018 with the construction of the network connection. EPC contractor and owner ib vogt started the construction of the plant in May.

ib vogt, Dutch Solarfields and HSH Nordbank recently completed the financing of the project.

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