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Dual space use, how do you do it?

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In the Netherlands we live with a relatively large number of people on a relatively small piece of land. Virtually all the land in the Netherlands is under cultivation or is being used according to the wishes of the inhabitants. This means that we have to be extremely efficient with every square meter of available land. However, we also have a great ambition in the field of renewable energy and in the realization of this ambition, solar parks play an important role. See here the dilemma: how do we achieve our sustainable ambitions given the constraints?

There are numerous sites in the Netherlands that are suitable for the development of large-scale solar parks without sacrificing valuable or competing land uses. Some example of places are: garbage dumps, noise barriers, dredging depots, dikes, fluid fields, underflow areas, etc. All locations whose surface is currently unused, which is a shame!

However, these locations are somewhat more complex and pose more challenges than conventional solar parks. The realization of a solar park therefore requires more creativity from the authorities and initiators involved. These challenges lie particularly in the technical complexity of these locations. Often work has to be done on sloping surfaces, subsidence of the soil or there are restrictions with regard to the 'stirring' of the land. In addition to the technique, these locations are often legally complex and additional agreements must be made.

We have a lot of experience with these types of locations. For example, in Geldermalsen we have built a solar park on the AVRI Solar landfill site, we are developing a solar thermal park on a dredging depot, and in the far north of the Netherlands we are realizing a solar park on an inner dike. Another great example is the development of a solar park on a strategic water basin. Here we adapted the construction technique so that the basin can be flooded during high water and the electrical components remain undamaged. Or turn your parking lot into a solar power plant.

Are you interested in learning more about our approach and these projects? If so, please contact us without obligation.

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