Vattenfall’s Dutch unit Nuon to build 200 MW of PV

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Dutch power provider, Nuon has a 200 MW PV project pipeline in the Netherlands, according to a press release from its parent company, Sweden’s electric utility, Vattenfall.

Nuon, which has specialized in the development of wind power projects over the past years, said that solar projects can be implemented more quickly than wind projects, and that a co-location of both technologies is “many times a great idea”.

No details, however, were provided on the 200 MW solar project pipeline. It is very likely, however, that these projects are currently being developed under Netherlands’ SDE+ program for large-scale renewable energy projects.

The company also said it has secured a permit to deploy around 12 MW of storage capacity in the Netherlands, without providing additional information.

Nuon Head of Large-scale Solar Power, Margit Deimel, added that she is also seeking opportunities for potential projects in Germany, the U.K., Denmark, Sweden and adjacent countries.

“The first thing I do is establish whether there is potential for us to work on projects with our existing contacts, and I put together a potential business case for each country. Suffice to say that this varies from one country to another,” Deimel said.

Nuon’s Business Unit Solar & Batteries is currently operating in three different segments in the Dutch solar and renewable energy market: large-scale solar, decentralised solar (B2B customers with large roofs) and batteries (large-scale and decentralised on B2B customer premises).

Nuon announced a plan to combine solar projects with wind power facilities in the Netherlands in February. At the time, the company said that its future solar parks would be able to utilize the infrastructure of the wind farms, which should significantly reduce project costs.

Vattenfall, on the other hand, announced a plan to invest in solar and renewables in late March. The 28 billion SEK (US$3.16 billion) plan for growth investments, which will be mainly devoted to renewable energies, includes 17 billion SEK ($1.92 billion) for onshore and offshore wind power and 2 billion SEK ($226.3 million) in solar and storage energy projects.