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With ambitions offshore, floating solar makes its first splashes in Europe

  • Netherlands
  • Environment
  • Energy and infrastructure


Bomhofsplas project in Zwolle is the largest floating solar project in Europe.

In certain European markets, land for new renewable energy development is becoming scarcer. Some developers are eyeing water as the next frontier, which offers high potential but also requires some pioneer spirit.

In the solar sector, floating technology has already found a foothold in China and other Asian markets but is comparatively nascent in Europe. The most active market currently is the Netherlands, a densely populated country where space for ground-mounted installations is at a premium. The Dutch geography is shaped in floating solar's favor, however, with plenty of inland water in the form of lakes, canals and old sand pits.

Read the SPGlobal article here