10,000 Panels for Indoor Snow Centre’s Roof Is World Biggest Solar Project
An initiative to install 10,000 solar panels on the roof of the world’s second biggest indoor snow centre (by surface area) has got underway.
The installation process at SnowWorld Landgraaf should be complete by the end of the year, by which time the system should be able to generate 3.2 MWp of energy – enough to power 750 homes with green energy and to allow the centre to operate with 100% renewable energy on sunny days. The centre believes it’s currently the largest on site solar power project for a private commercial venture in the world.
The first panel was put in to place at 9am on Wednesday the 23rd of August by Theo Bovens, the governor of Limburg and Koos Hendriks, the owner and founder of SnowWorld.
The new green power system follows similar smaller projects at other indoor snow halls in the Netherlands and Germany including 3,000 solar panels on the roof at the other SnowWorld facility in Zoetermeer.
“Since many years SnowWorld has worked for many years to become more sustainable,” said Wim Moermans, CFO of SnowWorld, “The installation of the solar panels is an important step in this sustainability strategy.”
Local company Indi Energie is managing the project and is responsible for the financing of the solar panels. Another company, KiesZon, designed the system, are installing the solar panels and will take care of the maintenance. The system is designed to last for at least the next fifteen years in to the 2030s.
The green energy initiative is also noteworthy as SnowWorld Landgraaf was built on the spoil heap of a former coal mine at their location.
“Climate change is real and we are committed to renewable energy sources,” Tracy Taylor, business development and special projects manager told local media.