Boskalis Takes 5,350 Solar Panels Into Use

October 30, 2020 | Renewables | Energy Facts Staff Writer | 2min

In recent months Boskalis has installed more than 5,350 solar panels on the roof of its distribution center in Vlaardingen, the Netherlands. With these solar panels the company generates approximately 1.6 million kilowatt hours of green electricity each year, equivalent to the annual consumption of 560 households. The new distribution center became operational mid-2019 and provides global logistical support for the various Boskalis projects. The flat roof of over 16,000 square meters lends itself perfectly to this large number of solar panels. Boskalis realized this project in partnership with Zonnegilde and Triodos Bank Nederland.

Peter Berdowski, CEO of Boskalis, “With this large-scale generation of solar power we are taking an important step towards realizing our sustainability ambitions for our offices and distribution centers. This distribution center is CO2 negative by generating more electricity than it consumes and the total installed capacity makes Boskalis for 15% self-sufficient in the Netherlands. We have been using 100% green electricity at our Dutch locations for years, but with this investment in Vlaardingen we go one step further by becoming partly self-sufficient. Following in the footsteps of the distribution center in Vlaardingen, we have also started installing solar panels on our campus in Papendrecht and are investigating options for further upscaling. This will bring us a step closer to achieving our CO2-neutral objective.”