Working alongside companies in the port, the Port of Rotterdam Authority is working to create a sustainable, CO2-neutral port. Generating and using their own solar energy is a logical first step for companies aiming to improve their sustainability.
Sun on your building
The transition to solar energy can sometimes be made without you having to make any investments yourself. Solar panels are becoming less expensive, the Government offers subsidies, and reliable developers can manage the work for you. In addition, installing solar panels has the following advantages:
• Good for the environment
• Higher balance sheet value
• Lower maintenance costs
• Sustainable image for the building
Enough potential for solar energy
In the port of Rotterdam, there is plenty of potential for solar energy. More and more companies in the port area are installing solar panels. Examples of the most sizable are Coolport and Steinweg on the Maasvlakte (Hartelstrook). Most new-build warehouses now have solar panels, and many existing warehouses will also be fitted with solar panels in the coming years.
Is your building suitable?
Are you interested in installing solar panels on your roof or car park? Contact the Port Authority to explore which approach is most suitable for you. To install solar panels, buildings must fulfil several requirements. For example, the roof must have adequate load-bearing capacity, the building must have a sufficiently big connection to the electricity grid, and the panels must remain in place for fifteen years. You can do your own initial check on the size of your roof by looking at Google Maps. If your roof's surface area is over 200 m2, it is probably an interesting option.
Contact one of solar team, and an expert will come and assess whether the roof is suitable for solar panels. They will estimate how many panels can be installed and how much energy can be obtained and thus used by your company. This will provide insight into a possible design and the costs and yield of your own solar park.
Three ways to install solar panels
Finance and organise it yourself: you apply for a subsidy and choose an installer. You invest in the panels and pay for the installation and maintenance. However, you also save money, because your energy bill will fall dramatically due to the electricity generated.
Finance yourself and outsource the organisation: you pay a developer to apply for the subsidy and to organise the installation and maintenance, and you invest in the panels. You have very little to do in the project, and you save money because of the resulting fall or disappearance of your energy bill.
Rent a roof: no need to finance or organise anything yourself. You lease the solar panels and pay for the green energy you use. This price is no higher than what you currently pay. Depending on the circumstances, you can receive compensation by making your roof available.
Read the Havenkrant article about sun in the port
You can’t see them from ground level, but they’re increasingly being installed on company roofs in the port: solar panels. That’s great news, because the sun is one of the port’s most sustainable energy sources. Roofs full of solar panels: a fantastic development according to Michel Bresser, Area Manager and ‘Solar Manager’ at the Port of Rotterdam Authority.
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