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Amsterdam RAI invests in sustainable energy with largest solar roof

With the installation of the 1,632 solar panels, Amsterdam RAI is taking the next step towards its goal of being a clear frontrunner in the conference and event industry in Europe with regard to sustainability. In the coming weeks, the roof of Hall 8 at Amsterdam RAI will become the largest solar roof in the Netherlands.

The solar panel system will provide 360,000 kilowatt-hours, equivalent to the annual electricity consumption of around 140 households, and will also translate into a CO² reduction of around 150 tons per year.

As the latest investment made by Amsterdam RAI, this new innovation reinforces the company’s position as an internationally leading exhibition and conference center. The solar panels will be taken into use in early 2014.

Taking responsibility for the new solar roof, Nuon and Oskomera Solar Power Solutions currently supply district heating and energy to Amsterdam RAI, including full compensation of the CO² emissions of the supplied electricity and gas. More than 60 percent of the roof’s surface will be covered in panels – the maximum load possible weight-wise considering the roof construction and the use of rigging during events.

The cost of the panels will be financed by the Triodos Bank, the RAI’s house banks Deutsche Bank and Rabobank Amsterdam, and a loan from the Amsterdam Investment Fund, a city council initiative that supports investments in sustainable energy projects. Together, the parties involved will create the largest solar roof in Amsterdam, making a highly visible contribution to the eco-friendliness of Amsterdam RAI and the city of Amsterdam.

Amsterdam RAI is also looking into the possibility of placing solar panels elsewhere on the complex. It has already been decided that the soon-to-be-built RAI Amtrium building will also be equipped with solar panels.

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