Solar park Ficarystraat
An area of 10 hectares is large enough to accommodate 25,000 solar panels and generate 12MW, enough electricity for 3,300 households. In April 2019 the city council of Beuningen took note of the Location Plan advice of the area council and concluded that the production of large scale renewable energy was recommendable. The means of production: solar and wind energy. The municipality submitted a request for solar parks for initiatives in the Kommen area and published a selection guide for solar park initiatives to comply with.
An independent review committee assessed all registered initiatives with the help of this selection guide. They looked at the review of the life cycle planning, the environment, the landscape analysis approach (financial) participation, conservation of agricultural structure and social value. The given maximum consists of 40 hectare of solar parks in the Kommen area spread over four solar parks with a maximum of 10 hectares
With this policy in mind, TPSolar, working with a landowner from Beuning, developed a plan for a solar park on Ficarystraat. This initiative was submitted to the municipality by TPSolar in February 2020. The five-member committee tasked with the decision has positively assessed this plan. This means that the procedure for applying for an environmental permit has been started. We hope to build the intended solar park in 2022.
Another solar park initiative from TPSolar at the Schoenaker in Beuningen has also been selected by the selection committee.
TPSolar wants to realize a solar park that fits in well with the landscape and appreciates cultural-historical and social values of the Beuningen countryside. The conditions attached to the landscape integration of solar parks by both the province of Gelderland and the municipality of Beuningen form the basis for the planned development. The starting point for the landscape design are the characteristic landscape elements and the spatial structures. The existing characteristics / quality of the Kommen area will be retained and where possible strengthened. These principles will also be applied to create a healthy ecosystem. Varied vegetation and habitats for native bees, insects and farmland birds. In addition, the south side of the area will be designed for experimental mushroom cultivation.
The view of the solar park is minimized thanks to new hedges. The panels will be placed at a maximum height of 1.5 meters in order to guarantee and perserve the open space for which the area is known.
TPSolar attaches great importance to biodiversity and therefore designs all its solar parks in a way that stimulates biodiversity. In the design of all our solar parks, we therefore opt for measures that stimulate biodiversity, such as ecological integration. For this reason TPSolar projects are orientated with panels facing south. This ensures that sufficient light, air and moisture can always get under the panels. This doesn’t only preserves the grass, but is also important for life in the soil, which in turn affects soil quality. A solar park is generally built in rows spaced about 3 meters.
Information & background
In 2017, the Energy Vision “Energetic Beuningen” was established. This vision indicates how Beuningen is doing in the field of sustainable energy and what needs to be done to be energy neutral by 2040 - at the latest. In addition to various energy saving projects, the municipality also states in this vision that large-scale energy generation by solar and wind must be realized in order to achieve the objectives.
TPSolar strives for 50% local participation in its projects through local ownership. About this we are in constantly in consultation with local energy corporations. In addition, TPSolar offers local residents the opportunity to participate financially, which offers a reduction of the energy bill. Also, TPSolar contributes to the area fund. We will also work on the local park procurement in order to create local jobs.
Questions about this project?
Project assistant Robert van der Horst, will gladly help you: