Collective Dutch Program Aims for 20,000 m2 of Solar

In the largest contract of its kind in Holland, a total of 20,000 square meters of roof area will have solar collectors installed for water heating.

UTRECHT, The Netherlands, NL, 2001-09-13 [] As part of a project called ‘Space for Solar,’ the deal was signed in the Netherlands between 50 housing associations and institutions which have identified 132 locations where they want to use the large solar installations. The collectors are made by Econcept / Econosto and will be installed by GTI, and are expected to result in annual savings of 1.5 million cubic metres of natural gas and reduce CO2 emissions by 3,000 tonnes a yea r. The housing organization and institutions will profit from central project support which will both ensure installation quality and a price advantage through bulk procurement and a special investment incentive. They will be able to invest within an acceptable economic framework in a renewable energy supply. As well, the installation of solar heating plants enables the organizations to improve both the rentability and the future value of the housing stock. The initiative (‘Ruimte voor Zonnewarmte’) is expected to make a major contribution to meeting the environmental targets of the Dutch government that are based on the Kyoto agreement. It was initiated by the consultant company Ecofys and the agency ‘Energie 2050′ to offer collective solar water heating installations to housing associations and care institutions, including project support, quality control, acceptable profitability together with minimal paperwork. The initiative is supported by the Ministry of Economic Affairs through Novem.
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