Amsterdam’s largest sunroof powers the RAI

Visible contribution to sustainability in the city of Amsterdam
The solar installation at Amsterdam RAI officially came into use on Thursday 23 January 2014, with a symbolic flicking of the switch by municipal executive board member Maarten van Poelgeest and RAI director Hans Bakker. This led to the activation of the largest sunroof built in Amsterdam to date. The project is a cooperative venture between Amsterdam RAI, Nuon, Oskomera Solar Power Solutions, Triodos Bank, Deutsche Bank, Rabobank and the Municipal Investment Fund. Together these parties are making a visible contribution to sustainability in the city of Amsterdam.

“I am delighted that a major and iconic Amsterdam company like the RAI has chosen large-scale renewable energy generation,” comments Maarten Poelgeest, municipal executive board member for Climate and the Environment. “This is an example for many other large companies in the city and an important part of Amsterdam’s solar energy vision. We are pleased to be able to support the project via the Amsterdam Investment Fund.”

Sustainable ambition
“Amsterdam RAI invests in sustainable enrichment to strengthen its position as a leading international exhibition and convention centre,” adds Amsterdam RAI Managing Director Hans Bakker. “Our ambition is to become the clear leader in this field in our industry over the next five years and we cannot do this alone. We are already using various forms of green energy, thermal energy storage and cogeneration. This new solid partnership has enabled us to also add solar power to the list and make another visible contribution to sustainability in the city of Amsterdam.”

Working together
Nuon is the energy partner of Amsterdam RAI for green electricity, gas and district heating, and is responsible for the realisation of the solar panels together with Oskomera Solar Power Solutions. This project represents a long-term investment of 500,000 euros, financed by Triodosbank’s Triodos Groenfonds, the house banks Deutsche Bank and Rabobank, as well as a 100,000-euro loan from the Amsterdam Investment Fund.

About the solar panels
The 1,632 solar panels are installed on top of Amsterdam RAI’s Hall 8. This hall measures 12,000 m², and more than 60% of its roof is now fitted with solar panels - the maximum possible load based on the construction and use (rigging at events) of the hall. The installation will produce 360,000 kilowatt hours per year, equivalent to the annual electricity consumption of 140 households in Amsterdam. The solar panels will allow a reduction of around 150 tonnes of CO2 per year.
Amsterdam RAI is investigating the possibility of equipping other parts of the complex with solar panels. RAI Amtrium, the new facility currently under construction, will certainly be among them.

Amsterdam RAI has been ISO certified since 2011 and has been awarded the Golden Green Key. It recently became the second convention centre in the world to receive the prestigious sustainability label Earth Check Gold.

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