Starting today, the solar panels on the roof of the office building of leasing company Arval Netherlands is officially operational. These solar panels deliver annually 120,000 kWh of energy, accounting for 9,000 hours of charging (semi) electric cars at an average charging time of 4 hours. The popularity of such cars grows enormously, in 2014 the (semi-) electric fleet of Arval Netherlands doubled compared to the previous year.
Dick Bakker, Managing Director of Arval Netherlands SME says: “Corporate Social Responsibility is in our DNA. Towards our customers and drivers, we give advice on sustainable and electric vehicle choice, we show detailed reports on the use of company cars and offer drive trainings on an active basis. But of course it starts with ourselves. We use recyclable coffee cups and the lights in our meeting rooms automatically go off if no one is in the rooms. The solar panels show a valuable addition. Especially with the 120,000 kWh they produce each year, with which we can offset some of the usual electricity costs. A win-win situation for our operating costs and the environment. Hopefully with this, we also inspire other companies in the area.”
Wilko Kistemaker, initiator Green and Sunny Houten, organizes since 2011 meetings about solar panels for homes and businesses in Houten: “Over 600 individuals in the Houten area now have solar panels on their roof and together they produce more than one million kWh of green power annually. Additionally the roofs of schools and businesses are excellent for this kind of energy production. That’s why I talked to Arval Netherlands and De Waal, owner of the office building. Starting today, this office building is the flagship of the area with 550 solar panels on the roof. I expect more businesses in the area to purchase solar panels or other durable solutions such as solar water heaters, LED lighting and infrared panels. The net energy that office buildings produce with this, can be used again, for example, charging of (semi-) electric cars.”