Belgium: Flemish government supports floating PV to the tune of €4.1 million


The Energy Minister of the Belgian region of Flanders, Bart Tommelein, has announced that the Flemish government will support another six floating PV projects with a combined capacity of 11.1 MW.

Overall, these new projects will receive €4.1 million of public support, while each project will be entitled to receive a maximum of 25% of the eligible costs.

Three projects are set to be located near Dilsen-Stokkem, a municipality located in the eastern Belgian province of Limburg: a 1.2 MW project under development by Terhills NV, a unit of local investment firm Limburgse Investeringsmaatschappij LRM, which is expected to receive funds in the amount of €503,000; a 5 MW project planned by Steengoed Projecten cvba, that received €1.86 million in public funding; and a 2.5 MW floating PV array under construction by Beauvent cvba, which is eligible for subsidies in the amount of €800,000.

The latter is also being financed through crowdfunding and is intended to test whether floating solar panels are able to reduce algae growth in a drinking water basin.

Furthermore, the Flemish government has agreed to provide public support to a 1.14 MW project in Kallo, a municipality in the Belgian province of East Flanders. The floating plant is being developed by local logistics group Adpo NV and is expected to receive funds to the tune of €436,000. “This is project pilot project at a port dock aimed at determining whether these locations are suitable for floating solar panels,” the Flemish government said.

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Another 1.17 project is set to be located in Wuustwezel, in the north of the Belgian province of Antwerp. Local company BBM NV has secured a total of €408,000 for the project from the Flemish government.

The last project is a 325 kW project located in Niel, also in the province of Antwerp, for which its developer, POM Antwerpen, has secured €99,000.

Each of the solar projects has an innovative character and tests a number of innovations, Tommelein said in his statement. As innovations, the minister cites lightweight solar panels, bifacial panels with active cooling, special anchoring in the soil and verges – raft structures that are resistant to large water level fluctuations, snow load and ice pressure.

Two more floating PV projects were selected for public support in October. Tommelein launched the €6 million program to support pilot floating PV projects in April.

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