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Bay­Wa r.e. com­mis­sions largest float­ing PV plants out­side Asia

Bay­Wa r.e. and its Dutch sub­sidiary Groen­Leven announce the com­mis­sion­ing of two more float­ing PV parks in the Nether­lands. The 41.1 MWp Sell­in­gen park and the 29.8 MWp Uiv­er­meert­jes park are now the two largest instal­la­tions out­side Asia. Togeth­er, they will gen­er­ate enough elec­tric­i­ty to pow­er more than 20,000 homes. In third place comes Bay­Wa r.e.‘s 27.4 MWp float­ing PV park in Bomhofsplas.

With the com­ple­tion of the two new projects, Bay­Wa r.e.‘s float­ing PV port­fo­lio in Europe cur­rent­ly com­pris­es 11 projects, more than 180 MWp of renew­able ener­gy capac­i­ty and over 300,000 float­ing solar mod­ules. This once again under­scores Bay­Wa r.e.‘s posi­tion as the mar­ket leader for float­ing PV out­side China.

Dr. Benedikt Ort­mann, Glob­al Direc­tor of Solar Projects at Bay­Wa r.e. com­ments: “This decade is cru­cial for achiev­ing the cli­mate goals that are essen­tial for the glob­al ener­gy tran­si­tion. To achieve these goals, we need to accel­er­ate the expan­sion of renew­ables and diver­si­fy the elec­tric­i­ty mix — float­ing PV has a key role to play in this. Thanks to our exper­tise and award-win­ning tech­nol­o­gy, our com­pa­ny has estab­lished itself as a lead­ing play­er in the float­ing PV mar­ket and we look for­ward to fur­ther expand­ing our port­fo­lio and real­iz­ing the local, envi­ron­men­tal and sus­tain­able ben­e­fits of this PV application.” 

A sig­nif­i­cant advan­tage of float­ing pho­to­volta­ic sys­tems is that they can make an impor­tant con­tri­bu­tion to the ener­gy tran­si­tion on unused water sur­faces with­out com­pet­ing with oth­er land uses. Both Sell­in­gen and Uiv­er­meert­jes were built on dis­used sand pits. In con­sul­ta­tion with the local pop­u­la­tion, Bay­Wa r.e. and Groen­Leven have ensured opti­mal inte­gra­tion of the float­ing PV parks into the land­scape. In addi­tion, com­mu­ni­ty funds have been estab­lished in both regions to sup­port ongo­ing sus­tain­able projects and invest­ments in the local area.

The instal­la­tions at Sell­in­gen and Uiv­er­meert­jes have been designed with a par­tic­u­lar focus on pre­serv­ing bio­di­ver­si­ty and water qual­i­ty, as well as min­imis­ing the impact on the lake’s sur­round­ings. Both float­ing PV parks were built at the deep­est point of the lake to pro­tect the flo­ra and fau­na on the shores. The float­ing PV solu­tion used there does not have any neg­a­tive impact on the sur­round­ing envi­ron­ment, accord­ing to recent stud­ies by the Hanze Uni­ver­si­ty of Applied Sci­ences and ini­tial research by Buro Bakker/AKTB.

Toni Wei­gl, Head of Prod­uct Man­age­ment Float­ing-PV at Bay­Wa r.e. Solar Projects GmbH adds: “It is of key impor­tance to us that our float­ing PV projects ben­e­fit local com­mu­ni­ties and do not have a neg­a­tive impact on the sur­round­ing area. We are strong­ly com­mit­ted to respon­si­ble devel­op­ment of float­ing PV projects, which is not only under­lined by our ongo­ing envi­ron­men­tal stud­ies, but also the broad local sup­port we have expe­ri­enced for Sell­in­gen and Uivermeertjes.”