RWE to Construct Floating Photovoltaic Project in Netherlands
One of the world’s leading companies for renewable energy RWE is to construct its first floating photovoltaic project. The Amer floating PV project consists of
One of the world’s leading companies for renewable energy RWE is to construct its first floating photovoltaic project. The Amer floating PV project consists of 13,400 solar panels that will float on a lake near the Amer power plant in Geertruidenberg, in the Netherlands’ province of Noord-Brabant. After completion, the innovative PV project will have an installed capacity of 6.1 megawatts peak. RWE has also started constructing a 2.3 megawatts peak ground mounted PV project on the site of its Amer power plant. Both PV projects, floating and ground mounted, are part of Solar Park Amer.
In 2018, RWE realized the first phase of Solar Park Amer, installing over 2,000 PV panels with 0.5 megawatts peak on the roof of its power plant. The solar park is now being expanded. Construction of the floating PV project is expected to start at the beginning of August, and to be commissioned by the end of 2021. Construction of the ground mounted project has already commenced and is expected to be finished in August 2021. The green electricity generated by Solar Park Amer (rooftop, ground mounted and floating PV) is equal to the annual electricity consumption of about 2,300 Dutch households.
RWE currently operates seven onshore wind farms in the Netherlands with a total installed capacity of 268 MW (RWE’s pro rata share). In addition, the company is currently building four new onshore wind farms with a total capacity of more than 115 MW, as well as a 14 MW solar park in Kerkrade. All of these projects will be commissioned in the course of 2021.