Installing 16,000 solar panels on an area of 11 hectares. The municipal council of Berg en Dal selected TPSolar’s solar park initiative as a pilot project at the end of 2020. The solar park will have a capacity of 11MW. This is equivalent to the annual consumption of 3,250 average Dutch households.
Municipality of Berg en Dal
The goal of the municipality of Berg en Dal is to be energy neutral by 2040. To achieve this, the municipality focuses on energy savings and solar panels on roofs, but also on large-scale sustainable energy projects, such as solar parks. The municipality has established a spatial vision for sustainable energy generation, which can be found here.
The residents of the municipality have indicated a preference for solar parks at the locations in this overview map. Based on the vision and overview map, search areas have been designated for the development of solar parks. The search areas are emphatically not intended to be used completely and exclusively for large-scale generation of sustainable energy. The current agricultural use and the landscape and recreational values, such as the airborne landings of paratroopers in memory of Operation Market Garden, are too important for this. In this search area, TPSolar has made a plan for Zonnepark Lage Wald.
Landscape design with a view to the partridge
The goal of TPSolar is to develop a solar park that contributes to increasing the partridge habitat. To this end, TPSolar, together with the municipality of Berg en Dal, has asked the Sovon Bird Research Netherlands agency to advise on the design and management of the solar park. This resulted in a number of concrete recommendations that were reflected in the final design.
There are two types of resident participation, namely planning participation and financial participation.
TPSolar strives to closely involve local residents in its projects. There are two categories of resident participation. The first category is plan participation. To this end, we organize (digital) information meetings and conduct kitchen table discussions to incorporate advice and ideas from local residents about the creation of added value, the design and other points that they consider important. All the shared documents can be found at the Dutch version of the projectpage Lage Wald.
Local residents can participate in the solar park in various ways. The other category of resident participation is financial participation. This is the requirement for 50% local ownership in sustainable energy projects. This can be achieved, among other things, by entering into a partnership with the local energy cooperative. We are in discussions with energy cooperative Energierijck.
In 2023, TPSolar received the permit for solar park Lage Wald. The rest of the process is depending on a few things, like the SDE-subsidy.
Do you have a question about solar park Lage Wald? Please contact developer Robert van der Horst at firstname.lastname@example.org or 023 741 01 44