Convention Center to Install Amsterdam's Largest Solar Roof

In the coming weeks, 1,632 solar panels will be installed on the roof of Hall 8 at Amsterdam’s RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre, the facility announced this week.

The panels, which collectively will provide 360,000 kilowatt-hours — equivalent to the annual electricity consumption of approximately 140 households — will be the largest solar roof in The Netherlands, which according to the venue will “reinforce its position as an internationally leading exhibition and conference center.”

“With the installment of the 1,632 solar panels, Amsterdam RAI is taking the next step towards its goal of being a clear frontrunner in the conference and event industry in Europe with regard to sustainability,” Amsterdam RAI said in a statement. “Amsterdam RAI is also looking into the possibility of placing solar panels elsewhere on the complex. It has already been decided that the soon-to-be-built RAI Amtrium building will also be equipped with solar panels.”

Scheduled for completion in May 2015, the Amtrium building will include an 1,800-square-foot conference room and a 2,200-square-foot lounge — which can be combined into a single large space — as well as a new restaurant and a 354-square-foot meeting room.