Belgium's first floating PV project comes online

Sep 9, 2020 12:28 PM ET
  • The plant was mounted by programmer Floating PV NV on 5 hectares of a lake produced by sand extraction and owned by sand and minerals business Sibelco in Dessel, Antwerp district.
Belgium's first floating PV project comes online
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Flemish minister of power Zuhal Demir has actually announced, on Twitter, the begin of procedures at Belgium's first floating solar power plant.

The EUR2 million project, announced in October 2018, was developed by Belgian developer Floating PV NV on five hectares of a lake created by sand extraction had by Belgian raw material carrier Sibelco, in Dessel, Antwerp district. The floating variety is expected to produce sufficient electricity to satisfy around 80% of the extraction website's power demand.

Belgian power firm Luminus and ecological services service Machiels were companions in the project, along with Dutch mutual fund LRM.

The generation center is being sustained by a EUR6 million program to pilot floating PV projects that was opened in April 2018. The Flemish government stated at the time, the initial projects would be created on lakes or ponds not utilized for other functions, such as bodies of water produced by sand extraction. "We are going to place solar components where there is just water, out natural gets or water surface areas that use entertainment opportunities," claimed then-energy preacher Bart Tommelein.