Top Dutch Joint Solar Array

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Top Dutch Joint Solar Array
Top Dutch Joint Solar Array
Location Netherlands
Coordinates 53°05′38″N6°18′47″E / 53.094024°N 6.313019°E / 53.094024; 6.313019 Coordinates: 53°05′38″N6°18′47″E / 53.094024°N 6.313019°E / 53.094024; 6.313019
Commission date 20 Aug 2017
Owner(s)Multiple owners
Solar farm
Type Flat-panel PV
Site area2,221,968.16 acres (8,991.9861 km2)
Power generation
Units operational350 MW
Units planned1350 MW
Units under const.50 MW

The Top Dutch Joint Solar Array is a 1750-megawatt solar park (350 MW operational, 50 MW under construction, 1350 planned) using over six million solar panels in a total area of 2,221,968.16 acres (8,991.9861 km2) in Groningen, Friesland and Drenthe in the Netherlands.


The Top Dutch Joint Solar Array installations are designed, operated and owned by over 224 partners, including Solarfields, [1] Powerfield, [2] Engie, Ecorus, Elize, [3] Enie, [4] and many local energy cooperatives. [5] [6] [7]

A total of about 1,750 MW are commissioned as of August 2017, with individual solar parks ranging from hundreds of kW to 300 MW capacity.

The solar parks deliver enough electricity to power the equivalent of approximately 467,000 homes. This is sufficient capacity to deliver clean electricity to 59% all homes in the Top Dutch region. [8] [ citation needed ]

Environmental benefits

Preventing more than 708 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions per year – the equivalent of removing over 650,000 cars from the road. [8]

Generating clean electricity to power the equivalent of approximately 467,000 homes. [8]

Three largest photovoltaic power stations worldwide

GWh p.a.
Top Dutch Joint Solar ArrayFlag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 53°05′38″N6°18′47″E / 53.094024°N 6.313019°E / 53.094024; 6.313019 (Top Dutch Joint Solar Array) 1,7508,991.98611,750 MW solar power was commissioned in the Northern Netherlands by August 2017.
Tengger Desert Solar Park Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China 37°33′00″N105°03′14″E / 37.55000°N 105.05389°E / 37.55000; 105.05389 (Tengger Desert Solar Park) 1,547431,547 MW solar power was installed in Zhongwei, Ningxia by 2015. [9] [10]
Datong Solar Power Top Runner Base Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China 40°04′25″N113°08′12″E / 40.07361°N 113.13667°E / 40.07361; 113.13667 (Datong Solar Power Top Runner Project) , 40°00′19″N112°57′20″E / 40.00528°N 112.95556°E / 40.00528; 112.95556 (Datong Solar Power Top Runner Project) 1,000

Three largest photovoltaic power stations in Europe

GWh p.a.
Top Dutch Joint Solar ArrayFlag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 53°05′38″N6°18′47″E / 53.094024°N 6.313019°E / 53.094024; 6.313019 (Top Dutch Joint Solar Array) 1,7508,991.98611,750 MW solar power was commissioned in the Northern Netherlands by August 2017.
Cestas Solar FarmFlag of France.svg  France
44°43′32″N0°49′1″W / 44.72556°N 0.81694°W / 44.72556; -0.81694 (Cestas Solar Farm)
3003802.5Completed in October 2015-
Solarpark Meuro Flag of Germany.svg  Germany
51°32′N13°55′E / 51.533°N 13.917°E / 51.533; 13.917 (Solarpark Meuro)
1682Solarpark Meuro was honoured as best solar project of the year in 2012.-

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