Goldbeck Solar and Astronergy realizing a 15.5-GWp solar park in the Netherlands

10/11/17, 11:33 AM -

Solar expert Goldbeck Solar transfers its international solar EPC know-how to the Netherlands. In the industrial zone of Veendam, the German company from Hirschberg builds a 15.5 GWp turnkey solar park and will connect it to the grid until the end of 2017. The project will be realized for Astronergy. The company, which belongs to the Chinese Chint Group, is well-known as a solar panel manufacturer and project developer, has successfully developed and marketed the solar park.

There are two remarkable aspects about this project: Firstly, it is the first solar farm that Goldbeck Solar and Astronergy realize together in the Netherlands. Secondly, this is a suburban solar power plant in the industrial zone of Veendam (in the Groningen region) – which has led to specific requirements concerning the plant’s design. That has been necessary to satisfy all stakeholders, and to integrate the plant properly into its surroundings.

“Based on the attractive subsidies for renewable energies, solar power will become a leading technology in the Netherlands, making the country an interesting market for Goldbeck Solar. Our neighboring country has decided in favor of a consequent renewable energy policy to be able to reach the goals for renewable energies stipulated for 2020”, resumes Björn Lamprecht, Goldbeck Solar’s managing director. Over the past few years, the Hirschberg-based subsidiary of the construction company Goldbeck gained lots of experience with its projects in England. Amongst others, the 50-MWp project in Sandridge made headlines. Now, the solar company wants to translate its expertise to its project in the Netherlands. “We can be a partner when it comes to assisting project developers realizing the plant”, adds Lamprecht.

The plant in the outskirts of Veendam will generate some 14.5 GWh each year. This output can be fed in the local public power network, supplying 4,850 households with green electricity. At the same time, that avoids almost 8,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide. Astronergy will supply high-quality modules. The power inverters will be obtained from Sungrow, the transformers and the transmission station from Schneider Electronic, and the substructure from MKG. Local companies from the Netherlands will perform a part of the services as well.

Goldbeck and Astronergy are striving for further joint projects in the Netherlands. Astronergy has already secured further projects, which will be realized in 2018 and 2019. “In cooperation with our partners, we are planning to realize more projects in the market. For Astronergy, the Netherlands are a focus market when it comes to participate in implementing concepts to reach the goals for renewable energy. Astronergy plans to keep up its commitment in the Netherlands in the long run, as a project developer as well as a module manufacturer”, states Oliver Schweininger, managing director of Astronergy GmbH.

“In the Netherlands, further projects could be implemented in the near future”, says Lamprecht. At the moment, Goldbeck Solar is working on megawatt-size roof projects and further solar parks. But also in countries such as Spain and France, Goldbeck Solar remains active, pursuing various project initiatives.