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First solar panels installed on Amsterdam ArenA roof

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The first solar panels were installed on the Amsterdam ArenA roof last week, with the roof to be completed by May, utilising a planned total of 4,200 panels.

Members of the venue’s Sustainable ArenA Platform (Platform Duurzame ArenA) programme – consisting of a team of ArenA employees responsible for the realization of the sustainability programme entitled ‘Amsterdam ArenA: Naturally Sustainable’ – symbolically installed the first solar panels on the roof, marking the start of construction of the capital’s largest solar panel roof.

In the next few months, the Amsterdam ArenA will install solar panels on a total surface area of approximately 7,000m2 on the non-translucent, non-moving parts of the stadium’s roof; the surface area of which is roughly the size of a football pitch.

The ArenA’s solar-powered rooftop will generate an annual total of approximately 930,000kWh of electricity. This equals 10% of the stadium’s annual electricity consumption and is the equivalent of powering around 270 Dutch homes for one year. The installation of the photovoltaic array lands the ArenA right up there among the top of European ‘solar stadiums’.

“It fills me with great pride to witness this special moment,” declared Henk van Raan, project manager of the ‘Amsterdam ArenA: Naturally Sustainable’ sustainability programme. “It took a lot of time to make this happen, but we did it! This takes us one step closer to our ultimate goal of realizing a net climate neutral stadium by 2015.”

The installation of the rooftop solar system will cost approximately 1.6 million euros and will be executed by a number of Green Deal partners of the ArenA: Nuon, BAM and Arcadis. Oskomera is in charge of supplying and mounting the photovoltaic panels. The Green Deal partners support the ArenA in their efforts to achieve net climate neutrality by 2015.

The Amsterdam Climate and Energy Fund, an initiative by the Municipality of Amsterdam, was launched in October of 2013. It is funded by part of the proceeds from the sale of shares in Nuon. The fund provides (subordinated) loans, warranties and/or share capital. In conjunction with the existing Amsterdam Investment Fund, it helps to ensure that the ArenA can install and operate the rooftop solar power system in a cost-effective manner.