Chint Solar officially opened a new 15 MW solar park in Andijk in the municipality of Medemblik on November 8th. The opening ceremony was supported by government officials of the municipality of Medemblik.
The park has a capacity of 15 MW and supplies enough renewable energy for 4,622 households, roughly one quarter of all the Medemblik households. The solar park is a landmark for the region and its energy transition.
Chint started the greenfield development activities for this solar park in early 2017 in close alignment with all local stakeholders. The land was originally zoned as industrial estate before the municipality granted the planning permit without any objections by the local community to enable the construction of the 15 MW solar park. After all development steps were finalized in summer time, Chint kicked-off the construction phase in August. The construction could be executed very smoothly due to the good weather conditions during this year’s summer. The solar park was successfully connected to the grid in October and is now providing the region with clean and sustainable energy for the decades to come.
Chint had a high focus from the very beginning on the landscaping design which is very important in the Netherlands. Diederik Apotheker, Head of Business Development in the Netherlands at Chint Solar: “We incorporated landscape elements around the solar park right from the beginning so that it fits perfectly within the environment”. A line of trees with a maximum height of three meters will planted around the park. This line consists of various kinds of trees, thus stimulating the local biodiversity, especially for insects and bees. Local government officials planted the first trees and shrubs of the surrounding line of trees during the official opening ceremony.
Bernardo Silvestre, Regional Manager Head of Business Development at Chint Solar in Europe: The Andijk project is a milestone for Chint in the Netherlands and a perfect example of collaboration between all stakeholders. The coming period, and together with universities and other organizations, we want to use this solar park as a research area focusing on biodiversity and land sustainable use. We can then use this knowledge for future developments in the Netherlands and across Europe.