SolarClick takes flight
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SolarClick takes flight

It's a first! The first Brussels public building to have its roof equipped with solar panels under the SolarClick programme was officially opened on 25 May in Berchem-Ste-Agathe.

The roof of the Val des Fleurs, a rest home that is part of the CPAS, now has 660 m2 of solar panels. Expected annual production: 91,000 kWh, an annual saving of 36 tonnes of CO2!

The official opening took place in the presence of representatives of the local authority, the CPAS, Sibelga and Brussels-Environment and Céline Fremault, Brussels Minister for Energy and the Environment.

"SolarClick was began with a desire to provide regional and local public bodies in Brussels with a simple solution allowing them to benefit from clean, sustainable, free energy. The money saved can be spent on what is really useful to the community and contributes to improving the living environment for all Brussels residents, said the Minister. It should be remembered that the Brussels regional government is behind the SolarClick programme, launched as part of the Air-Climate-Energy plan. Aim: to fit 150 roofs of public buildings in Brussels with solar panels by 2020. 

No ribbon to cut for this opening: instead, a drone was brought out to capture some pictures of the panels as a gesture to mark the occasion. A great way to symbolise the launch of the SolarClick programme! 

And that's not all!

Alongside this first installation, Sibelga has supervised another site in Saint-Gilles – the Jourdan nursery – which has recently been fitted with solar panels. The next job begins soon at Everheid d’Evere primary school.

These projects are currently led by three installers, appointed by public contract. A fourth installer will soon join the project. The schedule between now and the end of the year is full, as about forty other buildings are to be equipped. 

Visit this blog over the coming weeks to see the development of the project!

Find the list of the first roofs selected for the SolarClick programme here