- Vattenfall will be setting up its first floating solar power plant in the Netherlands
- With 1.2 MW capacity, the floating PV plant will be deployed atop a pond created out of an active sand and gravel extraction site in Gendringen for the past 25 years
- Sand extraction company Netterden will pay for the project that’s expected to meet half of the site’s power demand on completion in May 2020
Swedish government backed power company Vattenfall will build its first floating solar farm in the Netherlands. The energy company’s maiden floating PV project will enter construction in late December 2019 and will have 1.2 MW capacity.
The project will come up on a gravel quarry in Gendringen where local company Netterden has been extracting sand and gravel for the past 25 years, which has led to creation of a pond where the floating solar plant will be deployed.
Power generated by the 1.2 MW project will meet half of the extraction site’s power demand. Vattenfall will complete the project for Netterden which is financing the project. The PV floating plant is expected to become operational by May 2020.
Vattenfall said it sees floating solar as a viable solution to the lack of land availability in the Netherlands and especially for artificial ponds created through extraction activities.
Sand extraction sites are becoming increasingly popular among developers of floating solar plants in the Dutch nation. BayWa Re subsidiary GroenLeven revealed plans for a 48 MW floating PV project in Zuidplas municipality for Kremer Zand En Grid at a sand extraction site in April 2019. The company recently commissioned a 14.5 MW floating solar plant along with its parent company BayWa r.e, which. have previously energized 2 MW and 8.4 MW floating PV plants in the Netherlands (see 14.5 MW Floating Solar Plant Online In Netherlands).
Active in the European markets of Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark and the UK, Vattenfall is currently also building a 60 MW solar PV and wind hybrid renewable energy park in the Netherlands with 12 MWh battery energy storage capacity, a project it announced in August 2019 (see Vattenfall’s 60 MW Hybrid RE Park In Netherlands).