The solar park will cover 35 hectares
From May 2021, around 90,000 solar panels will produce around 35,000,000 kWh of electricity annually, whilst providing parking places for no fewer than 15,000 cars, as reported by the GIC.
The solar panels will produce enough energy for 10,000 households or 100 festival weekends. Although the parking spaces are only required during festivals, the carport will remain permanently on site to produce energy.
With its solar park, Lowlands festival hopes to contribute to solving the problems caused by climate change and environmental pollution.
Jelmer Pijlman, director of Solarfields, is enthusiastic: ”The location is perfect for making the Netherlands more sustainable and this project is a wonderful example of multiple land use: parking and sustainable energy generation on the same surface!”
The Lowlands festival takes place annually in Biddinghuizen, and the organisation has been working for years to make the festival more sustainable. Energy consumption remains a challenge here, with approximately 300,000 kWh of electricity used per edition of Lowlands. Almost all of this electricity is currently generated by petrol generators. With the construction of the solar carport, the festival will receive a huge boost to its sustainability.
Solarfields is a producer of renewable energy and is based in Groningen. It specialises in making solar projects viable in diverse locations, such as roofs and former landfill sites. By 2030 it hopes to provide clean energy to 1 million households.
Image via the GIC and Solarfields