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National Consortium Solar in Landscape and Agriculture

The National Consortium Solar in Landscape and Agriculture is an initiative of ECN part of TNO, focusing on supporting large-scale integration of solar energy into the landscape, in such a way that this is considered a design task and implementation takes place in a careful and responsible manner, accelerating the energy transition. The three programme lines are visual integration, strengthening of nature value, and combining with agricultulture.
Design for an energy landscape infrstructure in Noord Brabant

Main challenges include:

  • Maintaining and strengthening the social acceptance of large-scale solar farms by means of visual integration into the landscape; translating these aesthetic challenges into technical aspects such as colour, shape and size at an acceptable additional cost and into system solutions for more complex PV systems.
  • Increasing knowledge about the impact of a solar farm on the soil and nature value (biodiversity). When a landowner gets his land back after twenty years, in what kind of condition will the land be? What about (the development of) nutrients, soil life? How do we use solar farms to create nature value?
  • The functional integration with agriculture and the creation of synergy, resulting in added value over monofunctional use. This involves innovative designs to combine agricultural solar systems with the existing agricultural functions of the land.
  • Building and sharing knowledge on how to involve stakeholders in decision making, design and implementation.
Design for a solar island in the Buiten-IJ

The consortium is multidisciplinary and consists of project developers, financial service providers, designers, consultants, knowledge and government institutions and is therefore extremely well-positioned to share existing knowledge and build new knowledge.

The objectives of the consortium are to:

  • Identify, put on the agenda and address aspects of soil-bound solar farms that impact the physical living environment, both positively and negatively.
  • Combine, unlock and interpret the knowledge that exists in the Netherlands with regard to this theme, which is high-level, in order to prevent fragmentation and inefficiency.
  • Contribute to the knowledge agenda for the initiation and implementation of research and demonstration projects.
  • Signal and identify social developments that affect the construction of soil-bound solar farms.

The consortium

The participating parties: Anteagroup, a.s.r., ASN bank, Cascade Zandgrind, Design Innovation Group, Eelerwoude, ECN part of TNO, Engie, Eneco, Enterthemothership, Groenleven, IZZY Projects, Prorail, Provincie Noord-Holland, PWN, RHDHV, RIVM, ROM3D, RVO, Rijkswaterstaat, Solarfields, Vlinderstichting, VU Amsterdam, Wageningen Environmental Research, WUR Landschapsarchitectuur. The initiative is supported by TKI Urban Energy.

The National Consortium is open to new members: contact person Maarten Wijdekop.

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