First solar panel for solar park Ooltgensplaat

‘Energy Island’ Goeree-Overflakkee will get a second solar park. The park in Ooltgensplaat will provide green energy for 10,000 households.

The realisation of the solar park in Ooltgensplaat is being managed by the Sunstroom company, 132,000 panels will be placed on an area covering 37 hectares. The first solar panel was placed by alderman Arend-Jan van der Vlugt on an appropriately sunny day.

“The municipality of Goeree-Overflakkee supports and facilitates sustainable energy initiatives whenever possible. These initiatives greatly contribute to a sustainable future for our island and to our ambitions to put Goeree-Overflakkee on the map as Energy Island. Cooperation is the key to success, allowing us to further implement the Paris Climate Agreement as well.

Energy Island

Goeree-Overflakkee aspires to be energy-neutral in 2020. The province supports this ambition and has labelled the island a pilot area for innovative green energy products.

One way to generate sustainable energy is to construct a solar park. Such a park consists of a plot of land with solar panels resting on a kind of 'table’ (scaffold) to catch as much sunlight as possible. With the help of an inverter and a transformer, the panels will then provide electricity to the main grid, allowing the energy supplier to provide green energy to private homes and businesses.

Besides the existing solar park De Klepperslee in Ouddorp, three more solar parks are being realised on Goeree-Overflakkee, near the Van Pallandtpolder in Middelharnis, the Adriaanpolder in Ooltgensplaat and the Roxenissepolder in Melissant. The 4 solar parks will cover an area of 102.9 hectares with 305,900 solar panels.