May 22 (Renewables Now) - Dutch solar developer Sunvest BV and Triodos Renewables Europe Fund (TREF) will jointly build two solar parks for a total of 112 MWp in the municipality of Midden-Groningen, the Netherlands.
The 64-MWp Energiepark Duurkenakker and the 48-MWp Zuidbroek Energie projects will be located close to each other and share a grid connection, but constructed separately, Triodos Investment Management, which runs TREF, said last week. With Duurkenakker designed to take up 44 hectares (108.7 acres), or 88 football fields, and Zuidbroek around 39 hectares, the projects will form the largest solar park in the Netherlands, according to TREF.
At the time of the announcement, financing for Energiepark Duurkenakker had been secured with German lender Commerzbank AG (ETR:CBK). Sunvest developed the project with Dutch firm Solar Proactive. TREF recently joined as a financial partner.
Sunvest and TREF will build and operate Duurkenakker together, the fund said. They have selected German engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor Goldbeck Solar for the job. It will build the facility around an existing wind turbine.
The Duurkenakker plant is slated to inject first power to the grid in October-November 2020, after roughly six months of construction.
Sunvest and TREF took over the Zuidbroek project from developer Van der Valk International at the end of 2019. Construction there is planned to take place in 2021/2022 after more grid capacity is added to the substation at Meeden.