New HollandSheffield Solar Park offers space for 8,000 panels

Hollandchfield appears to be a popular destination for building solar parks. A new solar park may be built between Hollandschevelde Opegende, Meestercramerweg Extension, and Langedijk. There is a plan to build 8,000 panels on three hectares of land.

The generated energy can supply electricity to more than 750 households. There are also plans to construct a 26-hectare solar park on the south side of the A37 motorway between Hollandsheffield and Newland. Both parks should help achieve the climate goal in Hoogeveen municipality.


The agricultural company Wolters-Veldink currently owns the land, which is mainly used for agriculture. After discussions with the locals, it was agreed to establish a green strip along the southwest and north sides of the park. This should ensure that the solar park is not visible.

The panels have a maximum height of 1.8 meters above ground level. A distance of 1.5 meters is maintained between the panels. “This allows enough sunlight to pass through, which enhances soil life and provides possibilities for sheep grazing,” the initiator wrote.

Finally, the Institute for Nature Conservation Education (IVN) Hoogeveen was called in for advice. During field visits, swimming frogs were found in the western and eastern streams. “Both waterways will be kept within the design. Therefore, direct damage to the frog breeding waters is not a problem,” the institute said.


Agreements were made with locals in Hollandschevelde Opgelegen, and they can be read in the plans. They have a yard with an unobstructed view of the project area. In return, residents are offered a set of ten solar panels with an adapter.

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In order to involve the residents of Hollandchfield more fully in the plan, the initiator provides 5 percent of the land for local projects. For example to create a local energy cooperative. Under the Support Scheme for Cooperative Power Generation (SCE), this can be done in reduced quantity.

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