The University of Groningen (RUG) has completed a field with 1,700 solar panels in the last few months on the north side of the Zernike campus in Groningen. The sunbathing area is close to the KVI Center for Advanced Radiation Technology and will generate about 5,400 MWh of clean energy; the average consumption of 120 households per year. This sustainable energy return goes directly to the nearby research facilities. The sunbathing area gets a name chosen by a contest from the RUG-Green Office.
The generated solar energy - together with the yield of the 'older' windmill - is now delivered directly to KVI-Cart's research equipment: high power devices, such as laser installations and the (20-year-old) AGOR particle accelerator, which accelerates atomic nuclei to sometimes half of the light speed.
The assignment of solar panels has been prepared by the RUG Facility Company and after a tender offer awarded to ITBB from Groningen. In cooperation with ENIE, also from Groningen. The 1,700 solar panels are partly financed by a government SDE + grant. Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors, Jan de Jeu: "The RUG is committed to energy saving and sustainability of its energy supply. The solar lawn is a beautiful investment in renewable energy, which we will earn in about 10 years. "Possibly the solar lawn will be expanded in the future, and the necessary space for this is at least at Zernike.