Holland’s largest solar farm ; Ameland Island
The starting point
Ameland Island, north of the Netherlands, has a sustainability plan in place; to become carbon neutral by 2020. An alliance was formed between local stakeholders, the Ameland Energy Cooperative (AEC), and the renewable energy supplier Eneco. They decided that solar energy could help achieve this fantastic target.
Solarcentury was selected after a European-wide tender process to be responsible for the design and construction of a 6 MWp solar farm, built next to the island’s airfield. Building a solar project on a small island was not without its challenges. However Solarcentury’s experienced team are used to a complex brief, having built a solar system that spans a river in central London, to name just one example.
Solarcentury is also responsible for the maintenance and monitoring of the Ameland solar farm to ensure it operates efficiently, always producing its maximum yield, therefore bringing the highest returns during the first two years
The solar farm took just 4 months to complete, and used 23,000 solar panels. It is currently the largest solar farm in Holland, producing enough clean electricity for 1,500 homes , reducing the reliance on fossil fuels from the mainland.
The initiators of Solar Park Ameland say, “The basis for Solar Farm Ameland is a unique collaboration between three parties with one sustainability goal and high ambitions to integrate this project into the landscape. 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 built a solar farm fit for the future!”
Dennis de Jong, Director of Solarcentury in Benelux said, “We are pleased to have won this project; it demonstrates the confidence in Solarcentury and our commercial-scale project experience. Ameland Solar Farm 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.”
Power and payback
System size: 6MWp
Annual generation: 5,770,000 kWh
CO2 savings per annum: 2.827.500 kg