LONGi to develop solar park in the Netherlands
LONGi has announced a cooperation with PowerField, its partner in the Netherlands, to deploy 15.49MW of its Hi-MO 4 modules at Ter Apelkanaal, one of three production locations of the Dutch potato starch producer Royal Avebe. As a result of a joint collaboration between Royal Avebe and PowerField, a 10-hectare park has been built and, exclusively equipped with over 34,000 LONGi modules, was connected to the grid earlier this month.
Royal Avebe’s sustainable ambitions are clear: to save energy and make the energy it uses greener. It is estimated that the capacity of the Ter Apelkanaal park will provide for the electricity needs of more than 4,000 households annually and reduce CO2 emissions by nearly 8,000 tons.
“We have several large factories surrounded by a lot of land, but we didn’t make use of all the space,” commented Barbara Huneman, Royal Avebe’s director of Energy & Public Affairs. “So we could easily build a solar park there, our goal being to install solar panels at all our production locations and offices. In this way, we are working towards 2050, the year in which we have to be completely CO2 neutral.”
Ter Apelkanaal is the second project that PowerField is operating itself. “It is really good that we can transform land that is not suitable for agricultural use into a solar park. In this way we make good use of the available space and help organizations such as Royal Avebe with their sustainable plans,” added Ivo van Dam, PowerField’s Chief Technology Officer. “The cooperation with LONGi was very smooth. Even considering our high quality and CSR standards, they were able to meet our requirements with ease.”
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