After we developed and installed two Enercon 900kW wind turbines in an industrial estate back in 2013, supplying direct energy to the local Concrete and Carpentry Factory, there was space available to add a solar power plant. Making use of the same grid connection would provide a steadier flow of energy during the year, raising the self-consumption level significantly.
Designating land that was not usable for industrial, commercial or agricultural purposes made it possible to get planning permission for a 900kWp solar power plant. The existing grid connections of the wind turbines were evaluated to combine both wind and solar energy to feed in on the same line and simulate consumption patterns for the factory.
Using both wind and solar resources on the same grid connection resulted into higher efficiency of the existing infrastructure, better economy of scale and more self-consumption. This project was unique due to the first hybrid solution on this scale in The Netherlands. This was also the first MW solar project implementing Schneider 3-phase solar inverters in The Netherlands. The complete high voltage side, including transformer station and HV-switches, was part of the portfolio we supplied.