Belgian solar panel installer EnergyVision last week unveiled plans to build a 40.1-MWp photovoltaic (PV) park that will make the country’s Ostend–Bruges International Airport (IATA:OST) 100% green-powered.
The project will entail an investment of over EUR 35 million (USD 37.9m) and will create the second-largest solar complex in Belgium. EnergyVision said it will take care of the financing, installation and maintenance, preparing to launch construction activities in the autumn.
The proposed PV farm will be equipped with 66,00 panels which will be installed over an area of 304,000 sq m within and around the airport. The future output of almost 37,000 MWh per year will cover the Ostend-Bruges Airport's entire electricity consumption, with part of the generation to be used by the Antwerp Airport. The remaining output will go to power close to 10,000 Ostend families.
EnergyVision is currently working on the project’s environmental permit application and expects to be able to initiate construction from September. As a second phase of the project, energy storage will be added, the developer said.
Citizen participation will be enabled through a platform that will allow co-investment in the form of an eight-year loan with a fixed annual interest rate.
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