Solar panels

Utrecht University has placed 4,600 solar panels on several university buildings in the Utrecht Science Park De Uithof. Annually these panels will generate one million kWh of electricity.

Together with UMC Utrecht, Utrecht Science Park De Uithof is the largest area of ​​solar panels in Utrecht and belongs to the top in the Netherlands.

Sustainability Ambitions

Utrecht University aims to generate half of the energy consumption in 2020 in a sustainable way, including thermal storage, the purchase of wind power and the use of sunlight. The placement of the solar panels contributes to a reduction of the CO2 footprint. Moreover, it offers the potential to enhance research and education component of faculties involved.


The location of the 4.600 solar panels, the orientation and the generated energy can be seen in the image below. These results were presented on 26 September 2017 at the 33rd EU Photovoltaic Solar Energy conference in Amsterdam.

The performance of the solar panels