Solar park Bloesemlaan
The municipality of Zeewolde wants to gain experience with solar parks on agricultural land. They are particularly interested in experimenting with solar parks of various sizes. Initially, 25 hectares of agricultural land have been designated to be utilized as solar parks. That is approximately 0.15 percent of the total Zeewolder agricultural land. Three pilots have been chosen (small, medium and large). The Bloesemlaan 5 solar park initiative is the winner in the medium-sized category.
The Bloesemlaan 5 solar park covers approximately 7 hectares and will have a capacity of approximately 8.5 MWp. As an indication, this equates to the consumption of approximately 2,300 average Dutch households. The park is being realized on the land of a fruit growing company.
Apples and pears
On a plot of 19 hectares, the fruit company grows 12 hectares of pears and 6 hectares of apples. For a number of years it has been very difficult for them to make a return on the sale of apples. As a result, they receive less than normal prices for their harvest. Also, the apple trees are nearing the end of their lifespan. Some of the trees have already been cleared. The rest will be cleared at the start of the construction of the solar park. This project will rejuvenate the farm financially.
Layout of the solar park
The intended solar park is surrounded on three sides by a tightly trimmed hedge. Pear trees are positioned between Bloesemlaan and the planned location of the solar park, so that the planning area is not visible from the public road. Parallel to the canal, the southern edge of the planning area, a new hedge and a row of apple trees will be planted. This diminishes views from this side as well.
It is our intention to utilize the available space under the high-voltage cables and along the edges of the planning location in such a way that as much land as possible is designated to nature and biodiversity. To achieve this flowers will be planted and bee hills / hotels will be erected.
TPSolar offers various ways in which residents of Zeewolde and companies in the region can benefit from the solar park. For example, the company identifies local parties and initiatives that could contribute to the construction, management and / or maintenance of the solar park.
Local residents can purchase electricity from the solar park, with TPSolar paying for the first year. In addition, residents of Zeewolde can participate financially. TPSolar is helping to set up an area fund to accelerate the local energy transition.
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