Dutch government launches tender for utility-scale solar noise barrier

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The Netherlands’ Central Government Real Estate Agency – Rijksvastgoedbedrijf – has announced it will hold a tender for the construction of a solar park at the noise barrier it is planning to build next to a stretch of Highway A58, near the municipality of Etten-Leur in the Dutch southern province of North Brabant.

The tender will be held with national water management agency the Rijkswaterstaat – part of the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment – and Etten-Leur, which may also enter an agreement with the selected developer.

Through the tender, the three entities will grant a 20-year lease contract to the developer. Initial bids will be accepted later this month, the Rijksvastgoedbedrijf said in a statement.

The Dutch government in March announced a plan to deploy solar parks at its premises. This project envisages the pilot solar projects will range in size from 80 MW to 100 MW, with completion scheduled by 2020.

In March last year, the Rijkswaterstaat unveiled a plan to make its land and water surfaces available for the installation of ground-mounted and floating PV plants, as well as projects involving other renewable technologies. The plan included assistance from ProRail, operator of the national railway network, and local power providers Liander, Stedin and Enexis.

Dutch-headquartered construction firm Heijmans announced in October it intended to build noise barriers featuring integrated bifacial solar modules at several highways in the Netherlands. Its first project is a 400m stretch of the A50, near the southeastern town of Uden. The Rijkswaterstaat is using the project to investigate the feasibility of installing further solar noise barrier projects.