Sunvest and Agem are working together on the plans for the De Zomereiken solar park near Groenlo in the municipality of Oost Gelre. The project location is large enough to realise a solar park of around 13 MWp. Such a solar park will provide enough power for approximately 4,000 homes, or in other words for all the households in Groenlo!
The plot has a low agricultural value, making it highly suitable for the realisation of a solar park.
On 19 October 2020, the request for an environmental permit for the realisation and operation of the De zomereiken solar park was submitted. With this, the final design, the plan for landscape integration and the studies carried out were transferred to the municipality of Oost-Gelre.
The city council will first take a decision on the draft environmental permit and the proposal to the municipal council to issue a ‘declaration of no objection’. Alderman Frank expects to present this declaration to the council in February 2021. Meanwhile, an application for a monument permit has been submitted for the historical restoration of the Grolse Linie and the construction of a ‘redoubt’ as part of the landscape integration of the solar park. A Water Act permit has been requested for the construction and management of a nature-friendly bank along the existing watercourse.
Sunvest and Agem intend to apply for an SDE subsidy in 2021. The planning for the construction is that it can be completed in 2022.
Sunvest believes that local residents and the environment always have an important say in the development of a natural solar park. In our experience this leads to a better solar park where the local area actually benefits and can participate in the energy transition.
Sunvest held several meetings with people living in the immediate vicinity of the future solar park to collect their feedback on how best to fit the solar park into the environment. Much of the feedback from the neighbourhood has been incorporated into the plans submitted to the municipality. For example, the solar panels have been lowered from 2.0 metres to 1.50 metres and the shrubbery will be managed to a height of 1.50 metres so that local residents retain a view of the landscape.
In addition, Sunvest organised several information evenings for local residents and interested parties from the area.