Wednesday 14 December 2011
Kortrijk Xpo, the international centre for trade fairs and events in the homonymous town, is to generate its own green energy by equipping its roofs with photovoltaic solar panels. It has 3.200 solar panels installed on the roofs of two expo halls, ensuring an annual reduction in CO2-emission of 1.200 tonnes.
Due to Kortrijk Xpo’s congested agenda, construction could not start before mid September. Nevertheless the entire project, including a thorough preparation, was finished well within two weeks’ time. Contractor of this large project was SolarAccess, a company specialised in the development, construction and exploitation of solar current systems for industrial roof surfaces. The company’s vast experience in installing solar power systems on large flat roof surfaces made it the partner of choice for this project. The system, installed on a 12.500 m² surface and a capacity of 800 kWp, will generate an annual total of 750 MWh. This amounts to the annual power consumption of about 200 families.
Lander Mestdagh, Services Director of Kortrijk Xpo: “This purchase fits within a large number of initiatives Kortrijk Xpo has undertaken in the area of sustainable enterprise. For the same reason we have already chosen for the purchase of green current, motion sensors for the lighting in our offices, reuse of rainwater and numerous other, more small-scale initiatives.”
SolarAccess is a specialist in developing and building industrial solar systems, to be either purchased or leased. The company has over ten years of experience in Belgium and the Netherlands and ranks in the industry’s top level. The SolarAccess Frame, a fixing system developed for extensive flat roofs, contributes to the company’s success. The Dutch group also carries out its activities in Germany, France, Italia, United Kingdom and Spain. In 2010 SolarAccess made a turnover of 55 million Euro and installed solar power projects with a total capacity of over 85 MWp. SolarAccess Investments takes care of the solar power projects’ financing and exploitation through lease of land or roofs. For more information: www.solaraccess.eu
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