“Where the conditions are difficult, we start!” That is the motto of bejulo, the specialist for free-field solar systems. With the Almelo project in the Dutch province of Overijssel, the company is once again demonstrating that larger solar parks can be implemented efficiently, quickly and with local involvement in international project structures.Mehr lesen
The Almelo photovoltaic park presented the bejulo team with unusual challenges, as site manager Jürgen Barz reports: “The area previously used for agriculture was in itself quite easy to access. The challenges were rather the size of the plant paired with logistical peculiarities and the coordination of the project participants. For such a large free-field solar project, a considerable amount of material has to be moved. In the hot construction phase, 15 to 20 trucks enter the construction site every day. In order to reduce the burden on the local population, we chose routing that avoided schools and school routes. Furthermore, the municipality, as the authority responsible for issuing the building permit, attached great importance to ensuring that the facility blends in harmoniously with the landscape. For this purpose, existing visual axes have been integrated into the layout of the system, which makes it virtually see-through.”
Project manager Annika Eidt names the extremely complex coordination within the international structure of the project participants as a further challenge in the implementation: “As the EPC partner, we had to gather all the threads together. These included close and complex coordination processes with the local Dutch administration and the local population, coupled with the interests of the Danish investor Obton A / S, the coordination with the Dutch project developer and various contractors from the Netherlands, Italy and Germany. We are proud to have completed this project smoothly, on time and free of defects. ”
Obton CEO Anders Marcus is thrilled: “We are delighted to be part of the Almelo project, which will provide green energy to more than 9,000 households. We are indeed looking forward to continuing our commitment to this ambitious project. Solar energy is an important instrument in the Dutch energy transition, and we feel privileged to be able to support the Dutch in reaching their climate goals. ”
With an area of 35.6 hectares – which corresponds approximately to an area of 50 soccer fields – and a nominal output of 39,262.2 kilowatts peak (kWp), the solar park in Almelo is one of the larger free-field solar systems that bejulo implemented as an EPC partner. The construction period was six and a half months. The plant was commissioned on November 19, 2019 and handed over on December 5, 2019 on a turnkey basis, free of defects. A total of 120,808 modules and 18 transformer stations were installed. The expected output is forecast at 36,918 megawatt hours / year, which corresponds to the energy consumption of approximately 9,300 households per year. The Almelo photovoltaic park will save approximately 21.23 tons of CO2 per year (calculation according to the German Federal Environment Agency 03/2010).