Amsterdam focuses on solar to get greener

The Port of Amsterdam wants to double its number of solar panels annually to create sustainable energy The Port of Amsterdam wants to double its number of solar panels annually to create sustainable energy

Port of Amsterdam is to install thousands of solar panels to clean up its energy supply and increase its sustainability.

The 100,000 m2 (17 MW) of solar panels to be installed on buildings by 2020 will make the port area the largest solar farm in the region.

“Our goal is to double the number of square metres of solar panels annually to create sustainable energy for both our customers and the residents of Amsterdam,” said Koen Overtoom, CEO, Port of Amsterdam.

Grant funding

He added that the port has just received a grant for the first 19,000m2 of panels which paves the way to install panels on the rooftops of seven buildings in the port area, equivalent to the size of three football pitches.

Solar panels will not only be installed on the roofs of six port owned buildings, but also on the office and warehouse of PARO, one of the first private companies in the area to make a substantial contribution to solar.

Green electricity

Going forward three warehouses occupied by Feadship, Prodock and the PTA cruise terminal will be equipped with a total of 11,500 solar panels, with a capacity of 2.8 million KWh per year of green electricity. This is equivalent to the annual electricity consumption of 900 households.

The port wants to make it easier for businesses in the port area to go solar. It is looking at coordinating joint purchasing of solar panels, as well as maintenance and monitoring of them.

On a wider scale, the port is aiming for a substantial greening of energy supply in the area reducing energy prices significantly.

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