Nice that dual use of space contributes to support, but how do we achieve that and what does this mean for governments, local residents, companies and financial institutions?'
The Netherlands is full, almost every square centimeter has been claimed. The energy transition is a relatively new spatial development that requires space in the countryside. We must therefore use the available space sparingly, and this can be done by giving the space as many dual functions as possible. For solar energy, more and more innovative and affordable dual functions are coming into view. When we think of double functions, we instantly think of roofs and the now classic former garbage dumps and sludge depots, which have their own challenges. Solarfields increasingly sees an opportunity in an affordable combination of energy generation and agriculture, water storage, or combining parking spaces with solar panels so that cars can park under the panels. For example, Solarfields is currently fully engaged in the construction of the world's largest solar carport at the Lowlands site in Biddinghuizen. During this session, Solarfields wishes to provide you with additional insight into the innovative dual functions with solar PV of the future. By entering into an interactive discussion with you, we can jointly identify the hurdles to be overcome in order to capitalize on the opportunities of the future and maintain support for the energy transition.
Edward Stigter (Deputy for climate and energy, IPO board and subsidies) - Province of North Holland