Solar Farm FAQ

Why has the Groningen Eelde Airport constructed a solar farm?

We believe a solar farm fits well into the airport's aim to become more sustainable and socially responsible. We have made the best use of the available space and are able to generate our own electricity and provide extra income for the airport.

Is it safe locating a solar farm at an airport?

Yes, completely safe. There are no risks at all for aircraft and safety was upmost in the design. There are other  airports around the world with experience of such projects.

Where is the solar farm located?

The solar farm is centrally located between the runway, taxiway and apron. The roof of the walkway between the terminal and the aircraft apron is also covered with solar panels.  

How many panels are there in the solar farm?

The Groningen Eelde Airport Solar Farm has 63,196 solar panels.

What happens to the electricity the solar farm produces?

The electricity produced by the solar farm goes directly into the national grid and is subsequently sold on.

What happens to the electricity the solar farm produces?

The electricity produced by the solar farm goes directly into the national grid and is subsequently sold on.

Does the airport get electricity directly from the solar farm?

Yes, the airport uses power directly from the solar panels. Together with the panels on the walkways enough power will be produced for the airport to be self sufficient.

Do the residents in the neighbourhood have problems with the reflection from the solar panels?

No, the panels are coated with low reflection white glass to keep reflection to a minimum.

Is it possible to lodge an objection to the solar farm?

It is no longer possible to object to the construction of the solar farm. All permits have now been granted. If there are questions regarding the solar farm please contact: GroeneLeven via info@groenleven.nl or Groningen Airport via info@gae.nl