Solarcentury building Holland’s largest solar farm for Ameland Island
Solar farm investment a collaboration between Ameland, the Amelander Energy Cooperative (AEC) and Eneco
Solarcentury is to build a 6MWp solar farm, the largest to date in Holland, on Ameland Island in the north of the Netherlands. Solar Park Ameland will provide enough clean solar energy for 1,500 homes, reducing reliance on fossil energy from the mainland. Solarcentury will be responsible for the design and construction of the utility-scale energy system, as well as the maintenance and monitoring of the solar park to ensure it operates as efficiently as possible, therefore producing the maximum yield and the best return on investment.
The solar farm will be built on Ameland’s airfield, and energy will be fed into the local grid for use by local residents. There are construction challenges of building a solar project on a small island, however Solarcentury is experienced at complex solar projects. Last year in the UK, Solarcentury connected a solar system on Blackfriars Bridge which spans the River Thames in the heart of London. The system was installed over a river, above a live railway line.
Michiel van Beek, director of Solar Park Ameland said, “The basis for Solar Park Ameland is a unique collaboration between three different, but complementary, parties being the municipality of Ameland, the local energy cooperation AEC and sustainable energy supplier Eneco; all in it with the goal to build a solar farm for the locals and contributing to the island’s sustainability ambitions. The ambitions to integrate this project into the landscape are high. Therefore we are pleased with the outcome of the European tender process. With Solarcentury we have an experienced international party, with a solid financial position and a local team with strong engineering and project management capability. Together we can build a solar farm fit for the future!”
Solarcentury is currently building solar projects on three continents, including a 10MWp solar farm in Panama, and East Africa’s largest solar car port. In the UK, Solarcentury also built and connected a 48MWp solar park last year.
Dennis de Jong, Director of Solarcentury in the Benelux said, “We are pleased to have won this project as part of a European tender process; it demonstrates the confidence in Solarcentury and our commercial-scale project experience. Ameland Solar Park furthers our ambition to offer customers around the world solar energy with maximum yield at low risk. It’s encouraging to see Dutch people looking to solar as a way to reduce carbon emissions.”
Construction of the Ameland solar park starts this month and is scheduled to be connected to the local grid early 2016.
Notes to editors
In November 2020 Solarcentury joined forces with Statkraft – read the press release here solarcenturyafrica.com/statkraft-acquires-solarcentury
About Solarcentury: Established in 1998, Solarcentury is a leading global solar power company that develops, constructs, owns and operates utility-scale solar and smart technology. Solarcentury is known internationally for developing and building some of the largest utility-scale solar projects in the UK, the Netherlands, Spain, Kenya and Mexico, including pioneering projects such as the world’s first solar bridge at Blackfriars Station in Central London.
Solarcentury’s mission is to make a meaningful difference in the global fight against climate chaos by making solar power the dominant energy source worldwide. During Solarcentury’s 22-year history the business has helped solar power become mainstream, and our projects have generated 6 billion kWh of clean electricity, saving over 1.7 million tonnes of CO2 emissions.
About Statkraft: Statkraft is a leading company in hydropower internationally and Europe’s largest generator of renewable energy. The Group produces hydropower, wind power, solar power, gas-fired power and supplies district heating. Statkraft is a global company in energy market operations. Statkraft has 4,000 employees in 17 countries. www.statkraft.com
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