Belectric expands PV business in the Netherlands
Since the company successfully entered the market in 2018, the EPC company has constructed the “Zonnepark Lange Runde” (14.2 MW) and “Zeeland Refinery” (12.4 MW) projects, two turn-key photovoltaic power stations in the Netherlands. In addition, Belectric has been selected as the operations and maintenance service provider for the solar parks. The service agreements comprise remote system monitoring, regular inspections and on-site support in the event of faults. Furthermore the company supplied several PV systems (total capacity 12 MW) with the innovative PEG substructure system in the Limburg region. Belectric has already signed the contracts for a further 7.5-MW PEG system.
“The Dutch solar market will evolve into one of the key PV markets in Europe over the next few years. Therefore, I am delighted that we have secured a firm foothold in this market and that our customers were happy with how we implemented our first PV projects here”, explains David Johann, Vice President Sales Netherlands, Belectric Solar & Battery. “And that is only the beginning. In regions like Friesland, Flevoland and Zeeland, but also in North and South Holland there is plenty of potential for solar parks. We want to be one of the leading engineering companies in realising this potential.”
Belectric is planning solar projects with a total capacity of up to 50 megawatts in the Netherlands this year, some of them with the PEG system.
First 1,500-volts solar park in the Benelux region installed
The capacity of solar projects erected by Belectric in the role of EPC (engineering, procurement, construction) service provider totals over 38 MW. The “Zonnepark Lange Runde” solar park with an installed capacity of 14.2 MW was constructed in the Drenthe province, commissioned by Norwegian energy company Statkraft. This solar park is the first 1,500-volts system in the Benelux region. The system consists of over 118,000 solar collectors and generates enough green electricity to supply the equivalent of 4,000 households. The system has been operational since the summer of 2018 and the land is maintained by grazing sheep.
The PV system “Zeeland Refinery” with an installed capacity of 12.4 MW was constructed by Belectric for the company Total in the Zeeland province and commissioned in July 2018. The PV system consists of over 28,000 solar collectors and generates enough green electricity to supply the equivalent of 3,500 households.
The PV systems featuring the innovative PEG substructure have a total installed capacity of 12 MW. Due to the lightweight construction of the PEG system, foundations are not required. Significantly reduced height and floor space, less material and a simple construction reduce labour costs and shorten the time period between planning and commissioning the system. A total of eleven systems were erected in the Limburg region in just a few weeks and construction was completed in March 2019. They produce enough climate-friendly electricity to supply the equivalent of 3,500 households. (HCN)
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