Afvalzorg, together with HVC, finished the construction of 35.000 m2 solar panels on top of part of our 40 hectare landfill site Wieringermeer in The Netherlands. This is a first phase of a 14 hectare solar park, and consist out of 11,000 solar panels.
The solar panels of this first phase will generate more than 3 million kWh per year. The electricity is fed back into the grid and can supply up to nearly 1,000 households.
The solar panels are installed on top of a sustainable foundation called “Solarbase” which is developed by Afvalzorg. The Solarbase consist out of a concrete-like foundation made from waste materials, with its main component being bottom ash from waste incineration processes. These ashes are now given a second life as raw material for the Solarbase foundation. This empowers the circular economy strategy at Afvalzorg.
Landfill sites provide excellent opportunities for generating renewable energy and to develop sustainable innovations.