The largest urban photovoltaic installation in Europe was inaugurated on Tuesday at Abattoirs d’Anderlecht, under the SolarMarket project. Now equipped with more than 5,800 solar panels, the roof of the building should produce 1,653 MWh annually. That is the annual electricity consumption of more than 700 households.
“The energy transition, new modes of consumption and travel as well as connected cities represent a great opportunity for the energy sector.“, explains the start-up Skysun, leader of the project.”The impact on energy consumption as well as on the costs linked to its production is constantly increasing.“
To meet this ever-increasing demand and numerous environmental requirements, solutions are being sought to increase the production of green energy in large urban centers.
It is in this context that SolarMarket, the largest urban and architectural photovoltaic installation in Europe, fits. The roof of the Halles des Abattoirs in Anderlecht has thus benefited from an ambitious renovation project and now houses a 12,000 m2 solar park. Almost 30% of the energy thus produced will be used by the Abattoirs, while the rest should be injected into the network for the benefit of Brussels companies.
“It is exceptional that the Royal Commission of Monuments and Sites of Brussels authorizes the deployment of solar energy on a listed building.“, rejoiced the co-founder of Skysun, Léopold Coppieters.”This was made possible thanks to the technical innovation we have developed, which discreetly integrates renewable energy into the roof, while ensuring the insulation and waterproofing of a 19th century building.“
“I congratulate Skysun for the ingenuity they have shown in integrating this installation, giving back a cachet of yesteryear while being part of the energy transition of the future.“, declared the Brussels Minister of Energy, Alain Maron, present at the inauguration.”This project thus opens up new perspectives for the deployment of photovoltaics in the Brussels Region in order to achieve the climate objectives that we have set for ourselves, a carbon neutral region by 2050.“