Swedish green utility company, Vattenfall, announced Monday it has opened its first floating solar farm in Gendringen, the Netherlands.
The 1.2-megawatt (MW) solar farm was built on the site of sand and gravel extraction company Netterden. It will provide power to feed half of the annual energy consumption of the sand dredge and associated equipment, Kallanish Energy learns.
Floating solar is a great option for countries lacking space, but it can also be more efficient than land-based solar panels as the water naturally cools the panels down, increasing their efficiency.
The 3,000-panel project was funded by Netterden and built by Vattenfall, as part of the company’s mission “to make fossil-free living possible within one generation.”
The farm was handed over to Netterden on Sept. 25.
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