UK solar developer Solarcentury and its Dutch counterpart PowerField have unveiled plans to build the “largest” solar project in the Netherlands. The project will be undertaken on behalf of Impax, the British asset manager that owns the site.
The 110MW Vlagtwedde solar farm is planned for the northeast of the country in the municipality of Westerwolde. The 104GWh-a-year plant has an in-service date of late 2020 and will feature 350,000 solar panels over 100 hectares.
In a move to appeal to locals, a 24-hectare blueberry farm is being planted next to the Vlagtwedde solar farm. This will ensure the “proper integration of the solar farm within the surrounding landscape and provide employment opportunities to the local population in addition to the solar farm,” according to Solarcentury.
PowerField’s chief financial officer Jean Louis Bertholet estimated the farm would yield more than 180,000 kilos of fruit.
According to pv-tech.org, CBS, the Dutch national statistics office, reported that renewable energy accounted for 6.6% of production in the Netherlands in May. The country has a long way to go to meet its target of 14% renewable energy by next year.