40,000 solar panels could run alongside railway lines
The Flemish energy minister has proposed installing thousands of solar panels along the railway lines in Flanders, as he seeks ways to meet the region’s climate targets
All available surfaces
The idea is the latest in the minister’s search for ways in which Flanders can meet its climate targets for 2020, when 13% of the region’s energy needs must be derived from renewable sources. He came into office just after a biomass plant in Ghent, which could have played a major role in meeting goals, was refused a licence. Since then he has called on homeowners to install solar panels and changed the rules on the energy-saving requirement of new buildings.
“Space in Flanders is limited, so we’re looking at all available surfaces,” he said. Those include government buildings, army barracks, schools and municipal buildings. Companies and individuals are encouraged to follow suit.”
new wind turbines created in Flanders in 2013
million kilowattage of green energy in 2012
percentage of green energy used in Flanders in 2012