Work has begun on the first indoor snow centre to be green powered. The initiative to install 10,000 solar panels on the roof of the world’s second-biggest indoor snow centre (by surface area) is now underway.
The installation process at SnowWorld Landgraaf in the Netherlands should be complete by the end of the year, by which time the system should be able to generate 3.2MWp of energy – enough to power 750 homes with green energy and to allow the centre to operate with 100% renewable energy on sunny days. The centre believes it’s currently the largest on-site solar power project for a private commercial venture in the world.
The new green power system follows similar smaller projects at other indoor snow halls in the Netherlands and Germany including 3,000 solar panels on the roof at the other SnowWorld facility in Zoetermeer.
“SnowWorld has worked for many years to become more sustainable,” said Wim Moermans, CFO of SnowWorld. “The installation of the solar panels is an important step in this sustainability strategy.”
The green energy initiative is also noteworthy as SnowWorld Landgraaf was built on the spoil heap of a former coal mine.
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