February 13 (Renewables Now) - AG Heylen Energy, a joint venture between Belgian companies AG Real Estate and AG Heylen Warehouses SA, has begun work on what will be the biggest rooftop solar installation in the world with a capacity of just over 18 MWp.
The solar facility is located on the roofs of the VE Commerce Campus in Venlo, Limburg, in the Netherlands, owned by Heylen Warehouses. It will consist of 48,040 solar panels that will produce enough electricity to cover the needs of 4,500 homes, while saving almost 12,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions a year. The system is expected to be commissioned by the middle of June.
Power produced by the system will be used for on-site activities but also for other locations, including offices, showrooms and other distribution centres.
Heylen Energy is partnering with local developer IZEN Renewable Energy BV on the project.
Heylen Energy was formed as part of the two companies' strategy to invest at least EUR 60 million (USD 65m) in renewable energy projects. It has projects similar to the one in Venlo in the Netherlands and Belgium.
(EUR 1.0 = USD 1.089)