With the regional cooperation project De Groene Zone (“the green zone”), several municipalities in the Dutch province of North-Brabant make it possible for 7,000 house owners to benefit from all advantages of their own PV power plant. The Dutch company Tautus from Groningen has won the tender that was initiated by the involved municipalities and decided for PFLAZSOLAR as installation partner for the realization of the 7,000 power plants.
“Solar Energy is simple, good for the environment and good for the wallet” say the twelve municipalities which started De Groene Zone with the aim to reduce barriers for house owners that wish to invest in photovoltaics. An example for this is the financing of the PV power plants: Over a period of up to 15 years, house owners can finance the PV system on their roof on favorable terms. Interested parties receive the financing offer directly together with the purchase offer for their photovoltaic system.
“The success of this project is especially based on a high standardization and simple, transparent processes,” explains Dominic Lauer, head of sales for residential and industrial customers. “If a house owner who’s living in one of the twelve involved municipalities is interested in a PV power plant, he can for example easily transfer all necessary information about his rooftop during a quick phone call. A few days later he’ll already receive an offer for his power plant and the financing.”
For Peter Hopmans, Project Manager from Tautus, the project De Groene Zone is a perfect way to push forward the energy transition: “De Groene Zone makes solar energy accessible for everyone, independent from one’s budget or knowledge.” The Dutch company is specialized in the development, financing and management of renewable energy- and other sustainable projects. Tautus decided for a good reason for PFALZSOLAR as cooperation partner: “With PFALZSOLAR we’ve found a reliable partner for whom a long-term and sustainable cooperation is as important as for us.” Says Peter Hopmans.
Tautus and PFALZSOLAR already started working together at the End of 2017 in a similar project. In the Dutch province of Limburg the project partners are currently installing PV power plants for “Zonnig Limburg”, a cooperation of eleven housing corporations. Within three years, the project partners aim to install 3,000 PV power plants on rented houses. The tenants benefit directly through lower energy costs. “The overall project volume of De Groene Zone is, compared to this, much higher and the schedule is quite tough,” says Dominic Lauer. “But due to the great collaboration with Tautus we’re more than optimistic that De Groene Zone is going to be a total success for all involved parties.”
Apart from this, Tautus and PFALZSOLAR are going to realize several large scale ground mounted PV power plants together in the Netherlands. The construction of the first project, a solar park in Noordwolde (Friesland), has already started in March.