Solar panels in Parkstad municipalities

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  • Affordable and clean energy (SDG 7); Sustainable cities and communities (SDG 11)
The eight municipalities in the Parkstad region (Brunssum, Heerlen, Kerkrade, Landgraaf, Nuth, Onderbanken, Simpelveld and Voerendaal) have joined forces to enable a move from fossil energy to sustainable energy.




In the future, the solar panels will supply clean, reliable and affordable energy to cover the needs of all inhabitants and businesses in the region. The Parkstad Solar Panel Project is an important step forward. Apart from delivering a financial boon to the participating inhabitants and providing a boost to employment in the region, it also represents a major step towards sustainability.

How it all began

In 2014, the municipality of Landgraaf launched a scheme to fit solar panels to the roofs of 560 private homes in order to meet its public lighting power needs: 1.5 million kWh. The benefits of this calculation model were both energy and cost neutrality. To make this possible, the municipality took out a EUR 3 million loan from BNG Bank. Repayments and interest are funded by the fixed contributions of the participating inhabitants. They pay a fixed contribution over a 15-year period which, starting from the first year, has been lower than the savings on energy costs. Given the energy prices at the time of the scheme's launch, residents benefited right away, and if prices rose the benefit would only become greater. The loan will be repaid in 15 years and citizens will then derive maximum benefit, since the solar panels have a 25-year life cycle. BNG Bank advisers were involved in the risk analysis incorporated in the project plan.

Parkstad municipalities copy the idea

The concept has been borrowed by the seven other Parkstad municipalities. All eight municipalities have stated their joint ambition to become energy neutral by 2040. In order to achieve this aim, they have launched several projects, including the Parkstad Solar Panel Project. This represents an opportunity for 7,250 households, businesses and organisations with a small consumers' electricity connection of at most 3×80 ampere to invest in sustainability. The project is also open to tenants.

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Trefwoorden: Tags: Sustainability; Solar energy

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