The Dutch PV market is having its ups and downs, but large-scale projects on commercial rooftops seem to be doing just fine. The latest project to be connected to the grid, a 2.4 MW array developed by German company IBC Solar, is one of the largest around.
Installed on the rooftop of wood processing company, Plospan, in Waardenburg, the 2.4 MW system is the biggest PV installation in the province of Gelderland. The system comprises of 9,240 modules, which will meet all of the energy demands of the building.
Around 75% of the electricity generated by the system will be used by Plospan, with the other 25% being fed into the grid. As a self-consumption unit, the PV array will significantly reduce the companys energy costs, resulting in a return on investment within 10 years. Commercial self-consumption in Holland involves the use of a single meter, which counts backwards during own consumption.
Many PV developers of large-scale projects in Holland have been looking towards commercial rooftops, as there is a lack of suitable and affordable sites available for ground-mounted PV plants. However, it can be difficult to find commercial rooftops for the projects, as the buildings owner must sign a contract a contract to purchase the energy generated beyond the 10 years that it will be purchased by SDE+-
The large-scale PV market in Holland has been stuttering as of late, due to a lack of success at the SDE+s tendering rounds for renewable projects. The residential PV market is also in a state of flux, as a planned review of the countrys net metering program is on the horizon.
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