Municipality of Rotterdam and BV Sunny Site Up have signed a letter of intent for the construction of a floating solar park at the Rijnhaven or the surrounding areas. There will be 3,770 solar panels which will be located in the water, together generating sufficient electricity to provide 285 households with clean energy.
Solar energy is one of the key elements in the plans for energy transition developed by the Rotterdam city council. With the commitment to clean energy and energy saving, CO2 emissions must be reduced by at least 49% by 2030. The arrival of the floating solar park is one of the projects that will significantly contribute to this reduction.
"Solar energy is on the rise. We want to offer more space for generating clean energy in the city. Also in unexpected places, such as on the water."
Arno Bonte, a Rotterdam municipality official, stated in the announcement.
It is expected that the floating solar park will be completed by the end of 2019. At the start of 2019, BV Sunny Site Up, which consists of a collaboration between Mothership, Greenchoice and Texel4Trading, will present the design and the license application will be submitted.
The art producing company Mothership is responsible for the design of the floating solar park. The panels are going to be shaped like a gigantic concentric wave, mimicking a pebble effect. This floating solar park is expected to create a stepping stone for a new look at solar power. The project can be admired during the day but even more so in the evening, when soft lights create a beautiful atmosphere.
Furthermore, the municipality will start a public participation campaign. Local residents can buy a share of one or more solar panels of the floating solar park.