Vattenfall starts construction of solar farms in the Netherlands.

Three solar farms in the Netherlands soon completed as part of Vattenfall’s 100 million euro solar investment plan.

n Dutch Velsen, the first panels for Vattenfall’s next solar power farm have just been installed. The rest of the roughly 7.300 panels will be mounted in the course of a few weeks.

A specialty of the Velsen solar farm is that it is crowdfunded by customers of Nuon, Vattenfall’s Dutch subsidiary.

During the next few months Vattenfall will build two more large-scale solar power plants in the country, Eemshaven and Hemweg. In total the three solar farms will comprise over 30.000 solar panels with a total capacity of 10 MW. But this is just a mere start. In the next years Vattenfall will invest 100 million euro in solar power.

Benefits of co-location: cheaper and quicker

All three solar farms are co-located with existing gas-fired CHP plants. Co-location means that the solar farms can utilize existing grid connections and also the space at the plant. In Wales Vattenfall has co-located a 5 MW solar farm with a wind farm called Parc Cynog and next year a 40 MW solar power facility is planned in connection to the Dutch wind farm Haringvliet.

“Co-location offers many advantages to us, since we can develop the projects quicker and profit from synergies, so this is something we will definitely do more of. At the moment, the Dutch market is very attractive and we develop many co-located and stand-alone projects there. But costs of solar PV are dropping fast and we are also developing projects in the UK, Sweden and Germany. We see a high potential for solar power in the next years,” says Claus Wattendrup, Vice President of Vattenfall’s department for Solar & Batteries, which is part of Vattenfall’s Business Area Wind.

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