Wind farms and solar meadows play an important role in generating sustainable energy, and they require suitable locations to work properly. An effective solar meadow, for instance, requires approximately 10 hectares of land to start with. If such a plot of land can be found, the next step is making sure that the local plan allows for a solar meadow. The local electricity grid must also have sufficient capacity to process the solar energy generated by the meadow, and so on. The land, for example, must not be prone to flooding and it must be easily accessible by car to allow for maintenance.
Data contribute to the Netherlands’ new spatial environment
The energy transition is a very complex issue in which local conditions & circumstances have a very important role to play. Location data can support authorities, both local and national, in planning the energy transition, by boosting the usage of existing infrastructure, providing insight into existing natural areas and bundling initiatives. That’s how data support a sustainable spatial environment in our country.
Our country is set to undergo a radical transformation over the next 20 to 30 years, due mainly to the energy transition. We will need a lot of space to harness the power of the wind and the sun and generate sufficient sustainable energy, and it is not without reason that Prime Minister Rutte compared the scope of the change at hand with the reconstruction of the Netherlands after the Second World War. The issue is very complex and is set to have a major impact on how we use our space, which requires smart planning. It is important that we pinpoint the areas that need energy first, as well as identifying which opportunities we have to generate that energy in a sustainable manner. Subsequently, we will have to draw up plans to bring the supply & demand sides as closely together as possible, taking into account local conditions and circumstances, such as the available infrastructure, as well as the wishes of the local people.