Major solar roof project at Verbrugge in Vlissingen in North Sea Port

Published on Thu 28 Jul 2022
One of the worlds' largest solar roof projects was recently completed for Verbrugge Terminals in North Sea Port. It has the capacity to generate more than 25 million KWh of solar power annually, equivalent to the consumption of about 9,000 households. It will reduce CO2 emissions by 15,000 tons.

From North Sea Port, Verbrugge Terminals provides services including transport, logistics and cargo storage and transhipment. KiesZon installed a total of 77,250 solar panels on the roofs of warehouses at two Verbrugge locations in Vlissingen-Oost. That translates to an annual CO2 reduction of 15,000 tons.

Martin Verbrugge, CEO of family-owned business Verbrugge International, says: “As a Zeeland-based company, we are very pleased to be able to deliver this impressive project on our roofs. In doing so, we are contributing to the target for the RES (Regional Energy Strategy) in Zeeland."

Lightweight solar panels

For KiesZon, part of the Greenchoice Group, the project was a first.

Erik Snijders, managing director of KiesZon, explains: “We did something that had never been done before – we worked on a large scale with lightweight solar panels, which we glued directly onto the roofs. That additional element makes this already remarkable project all the more special."

Connecting the solar panels required an enormous effort and millions in investment from network operator Enduris, now Stedin. The company laid new cables from the distribution station in Vlissingen-Oost, which involved deep drilling under the Vlissingen docks."


Images: Verbrugge Terminals