Work Begins on 10,000 Solar Panel Installation on SnowWorld Indoor Centers
Work has begun on the installation of 10,000 solar panels on the roof of the two SnowWorld indoor snow centers in the Netherlands.
The first panels are being installed on SnowWorld Zoetermeer’s roof, and the rest will be placed on the roof of SnowWorld Landgraaf, one of the world’s four biggest indoor snow centers.
Zoetermeer’s mayor and SnowWorld boss Koos Hendriks symbolically put the first solar panel in place.
The electricity generating capacity of the panels will be around 2.1 Mwp (Mega Watt peak), equivalent to the energy needs of approximately 600 households. The project, the largest of its kind in the Dutch leisure industry, will allow the two centers to be self-sufficient in their energy usage on sunny days, a SnowWorld spokesperson said.
SnowWorld is the latest in a succession of German and Dutch indoor snow center operators to install solar panels on their roof. Earlier this year another Dutch indoor snow center, Montana indoor snow center, did the same, installing 3,000 panels and previously another of the largest centers in the world, Alpincenter Bottrop in Germany, covered its vast 13,400 m˛ roof with 18,600 solar panels.
Patrick Thorne, also known as the Snow Hunter, is an industry expert in all technical developments in snow sports. In addition to his work Patrick is also father and knows the importance and fun of kids on snow.