According to Engie, the 99.5 MW Kristal Solar Park is the largest solar park in the entire Benelux region to date. (Photo Credit: Engie)
- Engie Fabricom inaugurates 99.5 MW Kristal Solar Park in Lommel city of Flanders in Belgium
- The project was established for Nyrstar in collaboration with the city of Lommel and investment company LRM NV
- Nyrstar will use solar power generated by the plant to be used by its zinc smelter; gradually it will reduce its consumption once more companies start taking power from the facility; Lommel wants its citizens to also participate in the project
- Engie Fabricom has used 303,000 solar panels that are expected to generate 85,000 MWh of clean power annually
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French energy company Engie has completed its 99.5 MW ‘mega solar park’ in Belgium’s Lommel through local presence Engie Fabricom and calls it the largest solar park in the Benelux (Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg).
Spread over a 93-hectare site, the project uses 303,000 solar panels to generate an expected 85,000 MWh of clean power annually. The project is the result of a collaboration between investment company LRM NV, the city of Lommel and multi-metals business group Nyrstar.
The metals company plans to green its metals business production by procuring solar power from the plant through a direct line for its zinc smelter. Companies that set up shop within Kristalpark III business park in the Flemish town of Lommel can also request a connection to the solar park through which Nyrstar will then gradually reduce its solar power consumption from the 99.5 MW project.
“From this year on, we will let citizens participate in the project. After all, not everyone has the opportunity to install solar panels, just think of residents of apartments or houses whose roof does not have the correct orientation,” said Lommel city Mayor Bob Nijs. “By opening up the solar park in Lommel to the citizens of Lommel, everyone can invest in solar energy. Moreover, the solar park also increases the attractiveness of the business park.”
Flanders is aiming to install 1 solar panel per resident by 2020 when it targets to reach 3,544 GWh of solar power generation (see Flanders Encourages Community Solar).
In August 2018, Engie Fabricom said it hopes to get the project up and running from the summer of 2019 as the country’s largest PV system when complete (see 99 MW Solar Park For Belgium). It will continue to offer maintenance to the plant for 15 years.