BN DeStem, a local Dutch newspaper, has published an article about solar park Zuidgeest in the municipality of Bergen op Zoom. The solar park ‘Zuidgeest’ is located on an old landfill and will produce around 5 MW of clean, solar energy on 6.5 hectares (16.06 acres) of land. (article in Dutch: https://www.bndestem.nl/bergen-op-zoom/zonnepark-zuidgeest-op-voormalige-vuilstort-heimolen~a5982c5f/)
BN DeStem, a local Dutch newspaper, has published an article about solar park Zuidgeest in the municipality of Bergen op Zoom. The solar park ‘Zuidgeest’ is located on an old landfill and will produce around 5 MW of clean, solar energy on 6.5 hectares (16.06 acres) of land. The solar park is slated to produce electricity for 25 years, after which the panels will be removed. The municipality of Bergen op Zoom prefers solar panels on roofs., but there are not enough roofs to reach the goal of energy neutrality by 2050. Bergen op Zoom has therefore allowed the development of solar parks to a limited extent, with a special focus on developing them on landfills. The dual usage of a landfill for energy production and waste is an interesting and mutually beneficial combination which will help the community reach their renewable energy goals.
The newspaper reached out to the local residents committee, a group Solar Provider Group has been in close contact with since the beginning of this initiative. According to the secretary of the committee, the project has been running for two years and “We are well included in the developing process. SPG informs residents well.”
One of the conditions posed by the committee is that residents and local businesses are able to participate in the project. “That is already being talked about,” says the secretary. Investments must also be made in nature to enhance the recreational value of the area. This co-operation between the local community and SPG has resulted in thoughtful planning that provides the community with added benefits and a seamless integration into their way of life and the local landscape.
The city council of Bergen op Zoom will decide further on the initiative in March 2021. If there is a green light, a subsidy application will follow from SPG, and the solar park will break ground in 2023.