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DNV GL Helps Take Solar Wholesale

DNV GL is supporting commercial warehouse operator WDP with engineering services for the installation of 40,000 PV panels across its units.

DNV GL, the world’s largest resource of independent energy experts and certification body, is working with Warehouses De Pauw to power its warehouse fleet with solar energy and meet the company’s ambitious sustainability targets.

By providing owner’s engineering services to WDP, DNV GL will deliver technical support for the installation of 40,000 solar PV panels for the company’s warehouses in the Netherlands. The 10 MWh project comprises 14 systems producing enough electricity to power 2,850 households for a year. The construction of the first PV solar system, of 630 kWp – and including approximately 2,500 panels – started in July and was commissioned in November.

Similar to PV installations at a private property, commercial buildings such as warehouses need to comply with clear regulations related to insulation and energy supply. WDP has set ambitious renewable energy targets to meet and exceed the environmental guidelines, to guarantee the sustainable energy supply of its warehouses.

DNV GL’s solar experts will provide owner’s engineering support for feasibility, construction and installation of the PV solar systems. This includes feasibility studies for the PV systems on different warehouses and solar PV technology selection. During construction and delivery, DNV GL will provide quality assurance and support WDP with the commercial contracts regarding the sustainable generated electricity to ensure it provides the necessary benefits for WDP and its customers. WDP will also take advantage of DNV GL’s solar monitoring expertise for solar plants, delivering asset control and management to optimize the performance of all its solar panels.

“Sustainability is an essential part of our business model”, said Tony de Pauw, CEO of WDP. “Power generation is not our core business, so we needed a knowledgeable partner that can help us from planning [and] installation to monitoring of our solar assets. DNV GL has all the expertise at hand.”

Prajeev Rasiah, executive VP for northern Europe, the Middle East and Africa for DNV GL – Energy, said: “It is a pleasure to support WDP with the realization of the sustainability part of its business model. Solar PV is one of the mainstream renewables playing an increasingly important role in the energy system and is at the core of our business. WDP has set ambitious targets and DNV GL is very excited to be supporting the team in achieving these.”

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