Orka completes 6.3 MW of projects in Belgium


Belgian independent solar project developer Orka has completed a portfolio of 6.3 MWp of large commercial rooftop installations in the Belgian capital of Brussels.

The completed portfolio of 6.3 MWp consists of five commercial rooftop installations, including a 3.5 MWp extension said to be the second largest rooftop installation in the Benelux region. Orka currently owns and operates a portfolio of 32 MWp of rooftop installations in Belgium.

The 3.5 MWp array at the Canal Logistics site covers an area of 49.775 square meters and is equipped with 14,220 PV modules installed on fixed structures. It will have a production capacity of 3.15 gigawatt hours a year.

The entire installation spans 110,000 square meters in total and will generate 5.8 gigawatt hours a year.

Portuguese company Martifer Solar and Cofely Solar Technics, a subsidiary of Cofely Fabricom – GDF Suez, constructed the installations for Orka; Martifer performed EPC and will conduct operations and maintenance for the 3.5 MWp section. Triodos Bank and PMF Infrastructure Fund financed the project.

Orka leased the rooftops from Leasinvest Real Estate (Canal Logistics site), Mercedes Benz, SITA Belgium, sports retailer Decathlon and Danish logistics company DSV.

Tijs Vanhoutte, country manager for Martifer Solar in Belgium, said the installation marked a new strategy for the Portuguese company, which is focusing on increasing its operations and maintenance business in the region.