German energy company RWE has announced plans to construct its first floating photovoltaic (PV) project in the Netherlands.

The 13,400 solar panels of the Amer floating PV project will float on a lake near the Amer power plant in Geertruidenberg, Noord-Brabant.

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RWE intends to begin construction on the project in August, with commissioning expected by the end of this year. Upon completion, the floating PV project will have an installed capacity of 6.1MW at peak.

RWE Netherlands Generation CEO and Country chair Roger Miesen said: “Our first floating PV project demonstrates our ambition to drive forward the energy transition with innovative technologies and clean energy supply.”

Additionally, RWE has started construction works on a 2.3MW-peak ground-mounted PV project on the site of its Amer power plant. The company expects to complete the works in August. Both projects are part of Solar Park Amer.

Miesen continued: “As a company we also strongly contribute to hydrogen developments via the projects NortH2, Eemshydrogen and FUREC. Both new PV projects show that we can turn conventional asset sites into landmark projects that promote innovative solutions for a sustainable electricity system.”

RWE installed more than 2,000 PV panels on the first phase of Solar Park Amer in 2018. These generate 500kW-peak from the roof of its power plant.

Energy generated by Solar Park Amer matches the annual electricity consumption of approximately 2,300 Dutch households.