Solar park Wenumseveld

The Municipality of Apeldoorn aims to become energy neutral at some point. This means that as much renewable energy is generated on an annual basis as is used. One of the pillars for achieving this objective is large-scale sustainable energy generation, which will partly be done by utility scale solar.

Apeldoorn aims to develop a policy for this form of energy generation and at the same time gain experience with large-scale solar parks by having several solar park initiatives realized.

One of these initiatives is Statkraft’s solar park located north of the Stadhoudersmolen industrial estate, in a transition area from city to a more open landscape. The location is shown on the map above and covers approximately 20 hectares. The plots are owned by private parties that have given Statkraft the right to install the panels and to construct and operate a solar park.

The location borders on the east side on the Grift, which is a canal constructed in the Middle Ages, and parallel to the ‘Apeldoorns Kanaal’. On the south side, the border is the natural strip north of the Stadhoudersmolenweg. On the west side, the plot borders the Wenumseveldweg.

The intention is not to hide the park entirely from view, but to reinforce the surrounding tree structure at some specific points. An ecological zone along the Grift is also being envisaged. A zone of 20 meters will be dug off with a slight slope towards the Grift, creating a puddle zone. Two pools will also be created. Among other things, shrubs will be planted in this zone. The layout of the ecological zone will be further determined in consultation with the Water authority Vallei and Veluwe.

The solar park will have an entrance on the Wenumseveldweg and the solar panels will have a maximum height of 2.3 meters.

During the spring and summer of 2018, Statkraft involved local residents and other parties involved in the plans by means of information evenings and personal conversations. The permit was granted on 8 March 2019 and became irrevocable in April 2019.

The envisaged timeline is follows:

March 2019: SDE + subsidy has been requested by Statkraft

Autumn 2019: Conirmation of receipt of SDE+ subsidy

Winter 2019: selection of contractors for the construction of the solar park

Spring 2020: start construction of the solar park.

Autumn 2020: connection to the electricity grid

The solar park will have a capacity of 15.5 MWp, providing approximately 4200 households with sustainable electricity. The park will produce electricity for 20-30 years. After a maximum of 30 years, the site will be decommissioned and delivered back to the landowners as agricultural land.