|Number solar panels||36,000|
|Capacity||14,8 MWpdc (megawatt peak direct current)|
|Consumption of average Dutch households||4,000|
|Planned commissioning||April/May 2021|
Solar Farm Kerkrade: the first ground mounted for RWE
In November 2020, work began on the construction of Solar Farm Kerkrade, RWE's first ground mounted solar farm in the Netherlands. The solar farm covers twelve hectares of fields and meadows in the municipality of Kerkrade (province of Limburg). As one of the largest in the province of Limburg, Zonnepark Kerkrade will make a substantial contribution to Parkstad Limburg's ambition to be energy-neutral in 2040.
The solar panels are mounted on a substructure for which 9,000 double steel poles are anchored in the ground. The installation of the solar panels themselves is planned for early 2021. If everything goes according to plan, we expect to be able to supply the first power in mid-April 2021 and the park will be officially commissioned in May-June. This is just in time to be fully operational during the sunniest season of the year. The park was designed for RWE by the Dutch company Volta Solar, which is also constructing the installation.
This video from late January 2021 shows the progress: