As announced last year, the site of the Nyrstar zinc factory in Budel Dorplein will have a solar field with 170,000 solar panels on 60 hectares of its terrain this year. The park will generate 48 million kilowatt hours of electricity per year. This corresponds to the energy consumption of 16,000 households. Later, a further 21 hectares will be added with some 40,000 panels. The province of Brabant and Nyrstar have concluded an agreement to this end. The park will be located on the closed basins where residual products from the plant are stored.

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