Dutch school invests in sustainable energy from Autarco

In november of 2019 Van Herp Solar Solutions installed an Autarco total solution on the roofs of the school Sint-Janslyceum in ‘s-Hertogenbosch. This system consists of powerful Autarco MHE solar panels, including the insured kWh guarantee.

It’s important to the school that they contribute to a better world and environment by generating their own solar energy. Since the installation of the solar energy system they have become more aware of their power usage and the amount they generate with the solar panels.

System size

245 kWp


Solar panels

732x MHE of 335 Wp
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Inverters

4x Autarco inverters
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Mounting system

Matrix symmetrical
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Installer

Van Herp Solar Solutions


A total solution of 732 powerful Autarco MHE solar panels


This solar PV system of 245 kWp consists of 732 Autarco MHE solar panels of which the yield is inverted by two Autarco UX inverters of 60 kW and two XLX inverters of 25 kW. The MHE series are highly innovative solar panels, made from 120 halfcut cells with multi-wire technology. These panels no longer have bus-bars resulting in superior reliability and high performance.

Sint-Janslyceum benefits from the unique kWh guarantee thanks to the Autarco total solution of inverters and solar panels. The system was designed beforehand in our Helios software. Using accurate aerial photos and innovative calculations Helios can automatically calculate the expected yield of the system, which is 218 MWh in the first year. This is insured by the kWh Guarantee Foundation, meaning for every kWh below the expected yield the school will receive a financial compensation. The business case that was calculated beforehand will for sure be met. A very safe and reliable investment.

“For us it is important to contribute to a better world and greener environment.”

Dorien van de Camp – Head of facilities

3 quick questions to Dorien van de Camp, head of facilities


Why did you choose an Autarco solution?

We chose Autarco because of their knowledgeable explanation of their products and their great references. The total solar solution appealed to us as all products are from one brand, which is important for the best performance and safety. That’s also why they can offer the insured kWh guarantee, making sure we meet the business case that was calculated beforehand. The service and support is also great, the system is automatically monitored at a distance and the installer gets notified when there’s an issue.

What’s the reason for choosing solar to become more sustainable?

As a school we aim to contribute to a better world and greener environment by generation our own solar energy. It’s also nice that we save on our energy bill.

How was the cooperation between the school and the installer?

The cooperation with the installer was great, they kept us up to date on the progress and they were really experienced with Autarco.

Interested? Get a free roof scan and follow up from one of our Authorized Dealers near you.

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Agro-entrepreneur invests in sustainability with help of SDE+

ETB van Lanen sold an Autarco total solution to agro-entrepreneur Jan de Haas in April of 2020, after which they’ve installed it in May. A system consisting of 878 powerful MHE series solar panels totaling 294 kWp.

Thanks to the SDE+ subsidy De Haas was able to invest in sustainable energy through solar. This PV total solution is one of many efforts made by the company to make the entire business more sustainable.

System size

294 kWp


Solar panels

878x MHE series 335 Wp
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Inverters

UX inverters up to 60 kW
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Mounting system

Apex R5
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Dealer

ETB van Lanen
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335Wp Autarco total solution of 878 powerful solar panels


This 294 kWp solar PV system consists of 878 MHE series solar panels of 335 Wp. The yield is inverted by 5 Autarco inverters of up to 60 kW. The MHE series are highly innovative solar panels, made from 120 halfcut cells with multi-wire technology. These panels no longer have bus-bars resulting in superior reliability and high performance.

ETB van Lanen sold and installed this system. They were able to model the panel layout in detail on accurate aerial photos in our free Helios software. This software package automatically calculates the expected yield based on the layout design. This way agro-entrepreneur Jan de Haas knows what to expect from his new system’s performance.

“Autarco’s total solution appealed to me because it ensures me all components work seamlessly together.”

Jan de Haas – Agro-entrepreneur

Benefitting from the SDE+ subsidy


The financial model for these kinds of projects in The Netherlands is driven largely by SDE+ subsidy, a production subsidy from the government that guarantees the market value of energy generated through renewables for a 15 year term. In other words, for the first fifteen years you receive a cash subsidy over every kWh generated. At the moment the SDE rate is just under €0.10/kWh so our insured kWh guarantee with a compensation rate of €0.10/kWh and 15 year term fits perfectly.

3 quick questions to agro-entrepreneur Jan de Haas


Why is a solar total solution important to you?

Autarco’s total solution appealed to me because it ensures me all components work seamlessly together. The inverters work beautifully together with the panels and with everything in between. Cables are really important to me too as you sometimes hear about fire hazards when cables don’t connect properly. With a total solution from one supplier that’s not an issue.

What’s the reason for choosing solar to become more sustainable?

Sustainability is something we have to improve continuously, both now and in the future. With our new solar PV system we’re able to produce our own energy which we use in our company.

Can you share some details about your solar PV system?

The Autarco system we chose for consists of more than enough solar panels to cover our needs. The inverters are equipped with a system that makes sure the main fuse isn’t overloaded when production is high.

Interested? Get a free roof scan and follow up from one of our Authorized Dealers near you.

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Pig farm chooses solar for sustainability and certainty

Solisplan installed an Autarco total solution at Pig Farm Netterden in September of 2019. A system consisting of high reliable and powerful Autarco MC solar panels including the unique kWh guarantee.

For the pig farm it’s important to have their CO2 footprint be as low as possible and with solar they can be fully self-sustainable. It was also important to them that their investment was secure and with the insured kWh guarantee they are benefitting from a no risk investment.

System size

463 kWp


Solar panels

1.520x MC of 305 Wp
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Inverters

8x Autarco UX inverters
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Mounting system

Apex R5
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Dealer

Solisplan


A total solution of powerful and reliable Autarco MC solar panels


This solar PV system of 463 kWp consists of 1.520 Autarco MC solar panels of which the yield is inverted by six Autarco UX inverters of 50 kW and two UX inverters of 60 kW. These MC solar panels have a really high color consistency and are very powerful at 305 Wp. The Autarco MC solar panels currently have the best value for money.

Pig Farm Netterden benefits from the unique kWh guarantee thanks to the Autarco total solution of inverters and solar panels. Solisplan used our innovative Helios software to fully design the system. The software automatically calculates the expected yield of the system, which is 484 MWh in the first year. This is insured by the kWh Guarantee Foundation, meaning for every kWh below the expected yield the company will receive a financial compensation. The business case that was calculated beforehand will for sure be met. A very safe and reliable investment.

“The kWh guarantee is of great value to us as we now have certainty with our investment.”

Jos Rijk – Co-partner

Benefitting from the SDE+ subsidy


The financial model for these kinds of projects in The Netherlands is driven largely by SDE+ subsidy, a production subsidy from the government that guarantees the market value of energy generated through renewables for a 15 year term. In other words, for the first fifteen years you receive a cash subsidy over every kWh generated. At the moment the SDE rate is just under €0.10/kWh so our insured kWh guarantee with a compensation rate of €0.10/kWh and 15 year term fits perfectly.

3 quick questions to Jos Rijk, co-partner at Pig Farm Netterden


Why is a solar total solution important to you?

We chose a total solution by Autarco because we liked to be fully taken care of by one company in the entire process. The installation happened very smoothly by Solisplan, an Authorized Dealer of Autarco. They made sure our business operations could continue like normal during installation.

What’s the reason for choosing solar to become more sustainable?

For us it’s important to have our CO2 footprint as low as possible and with solar we can be fully self-sustainable at our pig farm.

What is in your opinion the added value of a business case with kWh guarantee?

The kWh guarantee is of great value to us as we now have certainty with our investment. If the system’s yield in the future is lower than calculated beforehand we will receive a financial compensation per missed kWh. This makes for a solid business and we’re sure it will be met.

Interested? Get a free roof scan and follow up from one of our Authorized Dealers near you.

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Eindhoven invests in sustainability with 2.564 solar panels on 5 buildings

The municipality of Eindhoven is investing in sustainable energy through solar installations. Recently five municipality owned buildings were fitted with Autarco solar panels. A total of 2.564 solar panels will generate about 800.000 kWh per year, enough to power 280 households.

The scope of solar solutions in Eindhoven


The latest installation in Eindhoven is a system of 80 solar panels on the roof of Dynamo; a youth center, stage, workshop space and school all in one building. Earlier last month four other buildings in Eindhoven were fitted with solar: Parktheater, Effenaar, Sportpark Eindhoven Noord, sports hall De Vijfkamp and a tennis center.

In total there are 5.500 solar panels now on municipality owned buildings and by the end of 2020 their goal is to have 125 buildings fitted with solar panels.

  • 2.564 Autarco solar panels on 5 buildings
  • Installed by Van Hout advisors and installers
  • Generating 800.000 kWh per year
  • A total of 125 municipality owned buildings with solar by 2020
  • 5.500 solar panels in total now

“Global warming is caused by humanity and now it’s up to us to come up with a solution. As municipality we lead by example with investments in solar.”

Rik Thijs – Councilor Energy and Climate

Benefitting from the SDE+ subsidy


All government owned buildings in Eindhoven are equipped with a smart meter to keep track of the energy consumption. These meters also keep track of what’s generated in case of solar installations. Eindhoven believes that having these kinds of insights is the best start for sustainability as they can detect energy waste and optimise existing installations.

The next step is moving forward with solar and Eindhoven is advised and helped by Van Hout in getting SDE+ subsidy, making it easier to invest in solar. With the subsidy programme the Ministry aims to encourage the production of renewable energy in the Netherlands. Sustainable energy is better for the environment and it makes the Netherlands less dependent on fossil fuels. It also benefits the overall economy. Van Hout helped Eindhoven successfully get SDE+ subsidy for the solar projects.

Solar solutions in Eindhoven installed by Van Hout


Van Hout is at the forefront of mechanical engineering and sustainable energy. Van Hout is of course an expert at installing high quality systems, but it doesn’t stop there. They aim to truly add value to their clients, a challenge which ultimately sets them apart. Their advisors and installers always go the extra mile. In the case of this project this meant advising and helping Eindhoven get the SDE+ subsidy for sustainable projects.

Advisor Hans Van Hauwe: “By benefitting from the SDE+ subsidy it’s a lot easier to choose solar. With the subsidy it’s not about the cost anymore, only about the benefits.”


Fioretti College more sustainable with 312 kWp solar installation

Fioretti College was the first of nine OMO schools to become more sustainable with a total solar solution by Autarco. A system of more than a thousand PC Series solar panels, including an insured kWh guarantee.

At Fioretti College kids from the age of 12 are being prepared for the future. Kids get the opportunity to fully evolve themselves, discover their talents and develop them further. Sustainability is highly important for all OMO schools as they believe it’s their social responsibility to take action and participate in creating a more sustainable world. Solar power makes their energy usage greener and they can teach their students about solar and the need for the world to become more sustainable.

The solar installation engineered inside Autarco’s Helios software

System size

312 kWp


Solar panels

1096x PC Series of 285 Wp
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Inverters

9x XLX of 30 kW
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Mounting system

Matrix symmetrical
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Association of schools

One of nine OMO schools with solar by Autarco
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Fioretti College chose highly reliable PC Series solar panels with great value for money


This solar energy system of 312 kWp consists of 1096 PC Series solar panels which produce energy that’s inverted by nine Autarco XLX inverters of 30 kW. These solar panels are tried and tested to be highly efficient and reliable. They are also very durable and have an improved performance on sunny days.

The combination of Autarco inverters and solar panels enables Fioretti College to benefit from the unique kWh guarantee. The Helios design software automatically calculates the expected yield, which is insured by the kWh guarantee foundation. For every missed kWh Fioretti College will receive a financial compensation. The business case that was calculated beforehand will for sure be met. A very safe and reliable investment.

“We’re certain our investment will pay itself back, allowing us to free up budget in other areas to invest in teachers for example.”

Eric Hoogland – Project Manager Housing at OMO

3 quick questions to Eric Hoogland, project manager housing at OMO


What’s the reason for choosing solar to become more sustainable?

Sustainability is very important to us, we believe it’s our social responsibility to make our schools more sustainable. We also believe it’s important to educate our students on the importance of taking care of our planet. The best way to do this is by going solar and educating them on how solar works and why it’s important.


Why have you decided to go for an Autarco system?

In our opinion buying a system from Autarco has multiple benefits. The most important one is the fact Autarco only works with their own components, making for a reliable and efficient total solution. Also important to us is the fact that Autarco is a Dutch brand with support in Dutch when needed.


What is in your opinion the added value of a business case with kWh guarantee?

Ultimately the financial reward of a solar installation is also important, besides the increased sustainability of our schools. With a kWh guarantee we’re certain our investment will pay itself back and more. This allows us to free up budget in other areas to invest in teachers for example.

Interested? Get a free roof scan and follow up from one of our Authorized Dealers near you.

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Solar solution of 161 kWp at ebm-papst, market leader in ventilation

In September of 2019 Jeroen Vlemmings Elektro & Montage installed an Autarco total solution at ebm-papst Benelux. A system of innovative Silverpoint solar panels, including an insured kWh guarantee.

ebm-papst is a global organisation specialised in ventilation and drive technology. These sustainable fans are also used in Autarco inverters. As a part of their Green Intelligence company philosophy they aim to make every new product more sustainable than the previous. Matching with this philosophy is a solar energy system by Autarco on the roof of their new facility in Beek en Donk.

System size

161 kWp


Solar panels

496x Silverpoint of 325 Wp
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Inverters

3x UX of 50 kW
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Mounting system

Matrix symmetrical
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Dealer

Jeroen Vlemmings Elektro & Montage
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An Autarco total solution with innovative Silverpoint solar panels


This solar energy system of 161 kWp consists of 496 Silverpoint panels which produce energy that’s inverted by three Autarco UX inverters of 50 kW. These Silverpoint solar panels are made with the latest technologies. Rather than thin strips of aluminium running across the front of the solar panel the electrons are passed through a copper conductive layer behind the solar cells. This makes for industry-leading efficiency greater than 20% and lower degradation over time.

The combination of Autarco inverters and solar panels enables ebm-papst to benefit from the unique kWh guarantee. Installer Jeroen Vlemmings used our innovative Helios software to exactly dimension the system. The software automatically calculates the expected yield, which is 139 MWh in the first year. This is insured by the kWh guarantee foundation and for every missed kWh ebm-papst will receive a financial compensation. The business case that was calculated beforehand will for sure be met. A very safe and reliable investment.

“We chose the kWh guarantee to make sure we’re insured of meeting our business case in the upcoming 10-15 years.”

Ad van Nistelrooij – Director ebm-papst Benelux

3 quick questions to Ad van Nistelrooij, director at ebm-papst Benelux


Why is a solar total solution important to you?

We’ve purchased all products from one brand and that’s important to us as we are not solar specialists. We liked to be fully taken care of so that we could continue to focus on our own business. A total solution from one brand is the best choice so that we have one point of contact.


What’s the reason for choosing solar to become more sustainable?

Green Intelligence is our company philosophy, meaning that in everything we do we’re aiming to contribute to a more sustainable world. We should commit to a sustainable future to maintain a right to exist. Therefore we’ve decided to install a solar solution on the roof of our new building making it nearly energy neutral.


What is in your opinion the added value of a business case with kWh guarantee?

Beforehand we can’t say with certainty how long the solar energy system will last and how it will perform. That’s why it’s important to us to have a rock-solid business case, insured by the kWh guarantee foundation. This way we know for sure that the upcoming 10-15 years the business case will be met like how it was calculated beforehand. If the system underperforms in the future we will get a financial compensation.

Interested? Get a free roof scan and follow up from one of our Authorized Dealers near you.

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Solar energy with SDE+ subsidy for OMO schools

In 2018 and 2019, schools affiliated with Stichting Ons Middelbaar Onderwijs (OMO) were equipped with solar. With the benefits of the SDE+ subsidy and a cooperative purchase program, these schools got the opportunity to make their buildings much more sustainable. Solar power makes their energy usage greener and they can teach their students about solar and the need for the world to become more sustainable.

Autarco is involved in nine of these schools together with a selection of qualified local installers. Our engineers developed the solar panel layouts using the power of our Helios design software and its accurate calculations to optimise yields. Not only were the available roof space and surrounding obstacles important, in some cases the structural integrity of the buildings and the condition of the roofing appeared to play a decisive role in designing the systems. When all nine projects are completed, a total of 1 MWp of Autarco solar panels will be installed. The Fioretti College in Veghel tops the list with more than 300 kWp.

Guaranteed value

€1.1 mil

Combined size

1 MWp

Solar panels

PC Series
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Inverters

UX + XLX Series
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Mounting system

Matrix symmetrical
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Secure investment with solar for schools


Where possible the AC side of the installations were fulfilled by companies already working for the schools. These activities take place within the building, where the connection between the solar inverters and the existing electrical installations is made. Working with installers that already know the buildings and all installations within it is a huge advantage.

All installed solar energy systems are made fully with Autarco products and therefore come with an insured kWh guarantee for a duration of fifteen years. Combined with a proper O&M contract the schools are certain of the system’s performance for the entire SDE+ subsidy period. This means the schools are fully taken care of and that their investments are secured.

“What’s important to us is the fact that the systems are a total solution, fully made with Autarco components. This allowed us to benefit from the kWh guarantee, making sure performance is guaranteed and our business case secure for the next 15 years”, says Eric Hoogland – Project Manager Housing at OMO

“As an association of schools we believe it’s our social responsibility to make our schools more sustainable.”

Eric Hoogland – Project Manager Housing at OMO

Educational value of solar energy


To also get the students involved in the project, lessons will take place covering the subject of solar energy. Also, monitors are installed to continuously show a custom made presentation. This does not only show the actual performance of the PV system, it also translates these values into practical examples. In terms of kWh, charging your smartphone or driving a Tesla are easier to understand than just numbers alone.

Interested? Get a free roof scan and follow up from one of our Authorized Dealers near you.

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Best of 2018

Together with Autarco, our dealers installed a lot of interesting PV systems this year, offering security to their customers with our kWh guarantee. Here are some of our favorites.


Fluidwell now benefits from kWh guarantee

In April 2018, our partner Solevo installed a 72.9kWp commercial rooftop system for Fluidwell in Veghel. Solevo advises both home owners and companies on how to save on energy and make their indoor climate more comfortable. Solar energy is one of their specialisations.

Fluidwell specialises in high tech measuring equipment and displays, and with the Autarco kWh guarantee they know exactly what to expect from their PV system. Clearly visible from the nearby A50 highway, the 270 Autarco modules in this installation take a great part in making the company’s energy use more sustainable. Because of the tower next to the roof on which the modules are installed, wind pressure can reach high values here. The symmetrical mounting systems makes for a lightweight system that can withstand these forces, without exceeding the load bearing capacities of the steel roof.

Guaranteed value

EUR 80,000

System size

73kWp

Solar panel

PC Series

Inverter

XLX Series

Mounting

Matrix Mounting

Dealer

Solevo

“Choosing for Autarco was very attractive for my client, because of the kWh guarantee he is sure to get the most out of his 15 year subsidy, without any uncertainties.”

Jan van Herpt – Solevo BV


Stabilo is first to invest in solar at Flight Forum

The installation consists of a total of 1,874 Autarco PC270 modules, with a total power of 505.98 kWp. The output of these modules is inverted by fifteen Autarco XLX30000 inverters, to be used directly by the user or fed into the grid.

From its location on FlightForum, Stabilo International designs and builds booths for a variety of trade fairs and events all over the world. With the installation of this PV system by our retailer Solisplan, Stabilo continue to do so in a more sustainable manner.

The installation consists of a total of 1,874 Autarco PC270 modules, with a total power of 505.98 kWp. The output of these modules is inverted by fifteen Autarco XLX30000 inverters, to be used directly by the user or fed into the grid.With the use of the symmetrical Matrix mounting system, the available roof surface has been covered in the most efficient way, leading to the optimal yield in terms of kWh per kWp.

Guaranteed value

EUR 200,000

System size

500kWp

Solar panel

PC Series

Inverter

XLX Series

Mounting

Matrix Mounting

Dealer

Solisplan