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Tas Paprika has 11,880 solar panels installed on water basins

Tas Paprika is going to fill its basins with solar panels. A total of 11,880 floating solar panels will be installed on seven basins, five in Luttelgeest and two in Zevenhuizen. Special about the project, besides its size, is that the panels are anchored in a special way. Tas Paprika is one of the first growers to work with the system.

On the left, the basins where the solar panels will be installed (highlighted in blue) in Luttelgeest at Tas, in the middle and on the right, those in Zevenhuizen

Anchor against algae
The anchor system was devised by Zon op Waterbassin and Genap. The two parties started working together over a year ago to offer a total concept for solar panels on water. "Thanks to the anchor system, much less light enters the basin," Willem Verwoerd explained during the first day of the horticultural trade fair HortiContact in Gorinchem. "That prevents algae growth. An additional advantage is that when the anchor system is installed, the grower receives a new slope cloth with it. The anchor system is integrated in that cloth."

Willem Verwoerd of Zon op Waterbassin and Chretien Hendriks of Genap at the system developed in collaboration. In the foreground, the talus cloth is attached to the floating solar panels as an anchor.

First installation
The first grower with whom the anchor system will soon be running is amaryllis grower Knoppert. "That project is currently being completed," says Chretien Hendriks of Genap. At the pepper grower, now that the news is out, the installation can start. Willem likes to compliment pepper growers John and Onno. "They visited the market very seriously and professionally from the very first moment to find out about floating solar panels. Precisely because Tas Paprika has orientated itself so extensively and prepared well, it makes us proud that the choice fell on Zon op Waterbassin i.s.m. Genap/ZOW Ankering."

Zon op Waterbassin itself entered the market in 2020, kicking off during HortiContact 2020. Since then, Zon op Waterbassin has already realised more than nine projects at home and abroad from concept to realisation.

Generating electricity
The grower will soon generate 6.7 megaWatt peak electricity with his basins. Chris Feijen, head of energy management at AgroEnergy, curiously walked past the Zon op Waterbassin stand at the fair. He expects growers to smartly feed back the power generated. AgroEnergy can help the grower do that. "In the region near Tas near Luttelgeest, there are already several growers working with solar panels on water. We sell that power to the various control markets."

For more information:
Willem Verwoerd 
Zon op Waterbassin
Honderdland 226
2676 LV Maasdijk
+31 (0)6 415 14 033

Genap B.V. 
Goorsestraat 1
7041 GA ‘s-Heerenberg
+31 (0)314 66 16 44

Tas Paprika 
Nieuwlandseweg 5
8315 NA Luttelgeest

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