Cooperation on renewable energy for logistics property
Oisterwijk/Amsterdam, 2 August 2022 – Intospace and Sunrock, national market leaders in logistics property development and solar power installations with associated renewable energy solutions, respectively, have entered into a strategic partnership with each other. Within this partnership, Sunrock will handle the development, construction and operation of solar power installations. Intospace will thus be enabled to offer customers smart energy solutions and take control.
Through their collaboration, the two parties aim to realise the most efficient and sustainable energy systems possible for Intospace developments. Due to the energy transition and the additional overload on the public electricity grid at the moment, it is necessary to work on local solutions for generating and allocating green power. Sunrock will use its expertise to provide energy to Intospace’s buildings and tenants through solar roofs, smart energy systems and, for example, battery solutions.
Logistics buildings as energy hubs
The collaboration with Sunrock is in line with Intospace’s vision to give logistics buildings a prominent role within the energy transition. “Using logistics buildings as energy hubs is one of our spearheads. That includes an energy system of the future,” said Intospace CEO Tim Beckmann. “In the past, our buildings were given a plug with which energy could be taken from the grid. Today, we equip our buildings with smart energy systems. The buildings get the ability to generate and store energy, and we provide an advanced energy management system in which we use algorithms to determine how best to use the available energy.”
“Sunrock is going to help us greatly increase the efficiency of generating, using and storing solar energy,” Beckmann said. “This also includes distributing the power towards e.g. charging facilities. We are already very pleased with the way Sunrock thinks proactively with us about innovation.” Besides innovations in solar energy, Intospace also wants to make strides in the future with new battery and energy management technologies.
“With this strategic partnership, Sunrock and Intospace are joining hands to make an impact and further make Intospace’s logistics real estate more sustainable,” said Sunrock-CCO Maurits van Oranje. “Sunrock has the expertise to take care of the entire development and operation of the solar roof for Intospace, while Intospace retains control over how the energy can be deployed strategically. This partnership makes it possible to realise many new projects together on this basis.”
Intospace’s first development project where the collaboration is taking shape is the recently completed development by Intospace for Albert Heijn and HEMA, among others, at the Lage Weide business park in Utrecht. With the other projects in the pipeline to go with it, Intospace and Sunrock will jointly deliver some 170,000 square metres of solar roof this year. That amount of solar panels will generate an annual production of about 18 gigawatt hours of renewable energy, the equivalent of the consumption of about 5,000 average households.
Sunrock develops, realises, finances and manages large-scale solar parks on rooftops of logistics and commercial properties and expands these solar parks with storage systems and energy efficiency products and services. Sunrock started in 2012 and is now the largest developer of solar parks on Dutch rooftops, but also realises projects on land and water. Sunrock is fast growing to a generated capacity of 2 gigawatt peak and beyond. Meanwhile, Sunrock also operates internationally and since 2020 Sunrock has been part of COFRA.