The largest floating solar park in Europe is connected to the grid in the Netherlands

Just consider the idea of floating solar power plants (and the look) as something fun. These have been covered for many years before the big ones were built, so it is uplifting that improvements are getting bigger.

Europe (Natural Energy News): The largest floating solar power park outside China was recently built by BayWa r.e. Was completed in the Netherlands by Dutch subsidiary GroenLeven. This is expected to provide energy for 7,200 homes. And it was made in just 7 weeks.

With 72,000 solar panels in Zonnepark Bomhofsplas, the solar power plant is spread in more than 18 hectares of area. Blauwvinger Energie, a consortium of Energiefonds Overijssel, and a private investor will buy solar farms.

"Zonnepark Bomhofsplas solar power plant is situated north of Zoval Dekker, a sand extraction lake. A unique feature of the park is that electricity is offered directly to Zwoll homes and companies through the local cooperative Blowing Energy, in collaboration with Greenkop. "

Other people or companies willing to invest in the project may soon buy shares or even participate in bonds.

"It's great that we're handing over Europe's largest floating solar park to the local community," says Grolenwein CFO Siebren Zijlstra. “This solar park is a feeling of the climate agreement. On one hand, the double function that is implemented by combining industrial water with solar panels with a focus for ecology and, on the other, local ownership. This fits perfectly with GroenLeven's philosophy. So I am very proud of this step. The solar park is now Europe's largest and most floating solar park. "

Interestingly, developers and investors were quite conscious of being ecologically sensitive. It uses glass-glass solar panels so that light meets through the water, and there are large gaps between the panels. The panels are far enough out of the water to allow good airflow.

“Inverters and transformer houses float, ensuring that only one cable becomes ash so that the impact of the solar park on flora and fauna in the banks is minimized. In total, only 30% of the pool surface is covered with panels. Bio huts have recently been planted. These are cages that have 3 compartments. 

The middle compartment contains shell material and 'empty' baskets on either side. In this middle basket, shell material delivers shelter and diet for small vertebrates and small fish. The empty baskets serve as protection from oversized fishes so that small fishes can move safely in and around shell material.

The arrival of bio hats is an impetus for fish populations and ecology in water. An ecological agency at the solar park also conducts research on how the ecology surrounding the floating solar parks can be further stimulated. These estimates were a significant intention for ASN Groenprojectenfonds to take part in this solar park."

Financier ASN Groenprojectenfonds ("ASN Green Projects Fund") decided to make its first investment in a floating solar power project. Fund manager Rosemarijn van der Meij said: Floating-PV is the key role if we make optimal use of solar power generation. We believe this program to be an opening to more financing for floating-PV programs in the future. "

In addition to not requiring land, and being a good choice for locations with sufficient water bodies, floating solar offers unique benefits. "This includes higher yields due to easier installation, water-cooling effects and lower O&M costs," says E.N.F.

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