The number of FrieslandCampina dairy farmers participating in the dairy cooperative’s solar programme has increased from 310 to 654.

With this, the number of solar panels used by the farmers has doubled to over 800,000, which FrieslandCampina said is the equivalent to the size of about 200 football fields.

These solar panels together generate over 200 GWh of energy per year and now the company can cover 40% of its energy demand for its production locations and offices through solar. 

Dutch company GroenLeven installs and manages the solar panels and through the deal FrieslandCampina farmers are offered to the chance to hire out their shed roofs to install the panels.

GroenLeven takes care of the connection, monitoring, financing and maintenance of the panels. The dairy farmers will receive an annual premium of €4 per panel for making the roof available.

Through its solar programme, FrieslandCampina wants to make a contribution to the objectives of the dairy farming sector concerning the reduction of greenhouse gases. It pays its members a bonus of €10 per ton reduction of CO2 emissions.

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