On 17 March 2020, the Mayor and Aldermen of Winterswijk issued a permit for the construction of a large solar park on the Batenborgh estate in Winterswijk.
In total, 7.3 hectares of agricultural land will be converted into a place to generate solar energy.
New economic carrier for estate and Winterswijk energy neutral in 2030
The Vicarie Sancti Nicolai foundation owns the De Batenborgh estate in Winterswijk. With the solar park, she wants to broaden the economic carriers to maintain the estate. The Foundation also contributes to achieving the climate objectives (Winterswijk energy-neutral by 2030). For these reasons, the foundation has sought collaboration with Solarcentury.
Solarcentury started this project in December 2018 and is responsible for the development, construction, management and maintenance of the solar park.
Local residents participate in the solar park
Local residents can participate for 25% in the Arrisveld solar park by purchasing bonds. The return is between 2.5 and 4.5%. Furthermore, solar panels are offered on the home for all local residents with a discount of no less than 25%. In addition, Solarcentury makes an annual contribution, of at least 4,000 euros over a period of 15 years, to an energy fund to make Winterswijk even more sustainable.
Solar power for 2,000 households
The intended solar park is divided into two fields and consists of approximately 24,000 panels. The solar park has a capacity of 8.3 megawatt peak (MWp), and generates approximately 7.5 gigawatt hour (GWh) of solar power. This means that the solar park produces enough electricity annually for approximately 2,000 households.
SDE + subsidy applied for at RVO
The solar park is financed by Solarcentury and with government subsidy, to make the solar park profitable. Without a subsidy, the construction of a solar park is currently not profitable in the Netherlands.
Obtaining a subsidy means that the initiator of the solar park is guaranteed a fixed price per generated kilowatt hour (kWh) for a period of 15 years.
As soon as a subsidy has also been obtained, preparations for construction can start. The subsidy decision is expected by summer. We hope to be able to set the foundation for this great initiative in late 2020-early 2021.
For questions about this you can contact us or Solarcentury.