Building blocks of

Natural Solar Parks

A solar park is a piece of land with solar panels that generate sustainable energy. At Sunvest we build solar parks of at least 8 hectares. There are approximately 25,000 solar panels on an 8 hectare park. These solar panels are placed on a scaffold 1 metre above the ground. 

They supply sustainable power via an inverter to a transformer station. This station is located at the solar park. From here, the generated power is fed into the national electricity grid. The energy supplier then supplies the sustainable power to local companies and private individuals. 

Design

The height and orientation of the panels, the type of scaffolding and the design of the transformer houses determine the appearance of a solar farm. The row spacing and the type of panel used will also determine the electricity yield of the solar farm. The placement of the racks determines how much room there is for adding scenic value and increasing biodiversity. The design must strike an optimum balance in terms of the view for local residents, the production of electricity and the enhancement of local biodiversity.

Solar yield

The energy yield per hectare of a solar park depends on its orientation and the number of solar panels per hectare. As an indication, an average net annual yield of approximately 1 MWh (megawatt hour) per hectare can be assumed for a 'standard' solar field with south-oriented solar panels. 1 MWh is sufficient to supply electricity to 350 households.

Technical elements

For a profitable and natural solar farm

Nature and biodiversity

Ground-mounted solar parks may have an impact on nature, biodiversity and ecosystems. This can be both positive and negative, depending on the design and initial situation of the solar park. On plots with originally little or no nature value, such as building plots, some plots along infrastructure or intensively managed agricultural land, it is possible to increase the nature value in combination with a solar park. That is why we look for degraded or polluted land, or land with a temporary use for industry or infrastructure. Only then will low-grade agricultural land be considered.