23 nov Solar panels for Thialf ice arena certain
The financing of solar panels on the new Thialf roof has been approved. A total of five thousand panels will be installed on the roof, together generating 1350 kWp, providing for nearly a quarter of the energy needs of the ice arena. The fitter will start the installation after the ice-skating season and is expected to finish before the summer.
For some time, it was uncertain whether the solar panel option would be feasible. Thanks to a loan from Fúns Skjinne Fryske Enerzjy (FSFE) and a subsidy by the provincial authorities, Thialf succeeded in obtaining the financing. The FSFE and Thialf reached agreement on the financing, thereby settling the financing contract. The FSFE grants a maximum loan of EUR 1,465,000. The provincial authorities grant a subsidy of EUR 625,000. The remainder is paid for through Thialf’s own resources.
The sustainability of Thialf is of major importance to the ice arena itself. The new construction means that energy consumption is already drastically reduced by more than 50%. Energy consumption is a major cost item for an ice arena. The solar panels can generate nearly 25% of its annual energy needs. As from 2020, Thialf wants to be self-supporting and the solar panels are an important step in achieving this.
The provincial authorities too attach importance to a sustainable ice arena. It contributes to the ambition to be a sustainable province. By 2020, the provincial authorities aim to have generated 500 MWp by means of solar panels. Large buildings, such as the Thialf ice arena and the Elfstedenhal sports complex, are therefore very welcome additions.
The loan to Thialf is the seventh loan granted by the FSFE. Through loans such as these, the fund contributes to making sustainability projects possible. The Elfstedenhal sports complex is another example of a project financed by the FSFE.