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7650 solar panels accounted for 1.8 MW

Dutch grower pursues active policy to achieve optimum ecological footprint

Large numbers of plants are handled at grower Bunnik Plants. At seven locations in Bleiswijk 30 million potted plants are grown annually. The company pursues an active policy to achieve an optimum ecological footprint. For years, 98% of the required heating comes from waste heat. Also by putting CO2 to use, big steps have already been taken. This summer a huge area of solar panels has been placed, which allows the company to cover their electricity consumption and also to deliver to the regular power grid.

Images from the video Bunnik Plants placed online early.

In addition to growing plants Bunnik provides additional value-added in the delivery. The plants are 'off-the-shelf packaged for the consumer and usually already priced and labeled for the Shop Channel. Director Hans Bunnik emphasizes that sustainability is in the genes, "Fifteen years ago we switched to natural gas, already utilizing waste heat from the power station in Capelle aan de IJssel. The next step was the use of CO2 from the Shell refinery. This is delivered through the OCAP pipeline. Our growing plants use the 'C' as a building material and give '02' (oxygen) back to the air. Therefore we are the lungs of Bleiswijk."

"The video above was posted online by the grower. A drone flew over the complex. The video gives you an impression of the scale of the solar park.

7650 collectors = 1.8 MW
By placing solar collectors they took the third major step in sustainability. Greenhouses with plants are unsuitable to place panels on, but there appeared to be two hectares of free roof area above the workspaces. This summer the installation SolSolutions with a total of 7650 solar panels was placed, divided into three clusters. Together, these modules are good for a generation capacity of 1.8 megawatts, which makes Bunnik Plants the largest generator of solar energy in South Holland. Two clusters deliver electricity solely for his own use, but the third also supplies power to the regular power grid.

Bunnik: "This solution looks economically and environmentally very good. An interesting price, in combination with an attractive subsidy, makes the payback period relatively short. It is fully compatible in our mission. The supply of natural beauty for a nicer home, sustainably grown by people with passion."

For more information:
Bunnik Plants
Hyacintenweg 37
2665NC Bleiswijk
T: 0031(0)10 52 14 0 55
E: [email protected]