The transition towards 100% renewable energy is increasingly focused on the integration of solar and wind energy in the limited space available in the Netherlands. That is why it is becoming more and more important to deploy the availabe space as efficiently as possible, for example by integrating solar panels in our spatial infrastructure (roads, roadside, noise barriers, dikes, et cetera). This infrastructure takes up about 2000 km2 of land area in the Netherlands. TNO predicts that solar panels will be integrated in 10% of this area over the next 30 years, amounting to about 33 GWP of installed capacity.
To support these developments, Rijkswaterstaat has decided to bundle all practical, operational and financial information related to the use of PV systems in the infrastructure in the National Consortium Solar and Infra.
The National Consortium Solar and Infra is a collaboration between authorities, businesses and knowledge organisations. It has the following objectives:
The National Consortium Solar in Infra organises meetings twice a year for networking, exchanging knowledge and developing new initiatives. Moreover, the consortium has an information site where all members have access to the knowledge available about PV applications in infrastructure. Authorities will also be able to access the site to find answers to their questions and to share their own experiences with the other authorities that are member of the consortium.