Nineteen (above ground) metro stations will get solar panels on the roofs. The aim is to save on energy costs and reduce CO2 emissions. The money that is saved will go to management and maintenance of public transport.
The sunroof on subway station Van der Madeweg will be the largest. The total area of all roofs together is 10,000 square meters, or two football fields with large solar panels. The amount of generated electricity is equivalent to the energy consumption of 400 households per year. The power will be used to operate escalators and lighting. But first, the government needs to decide if it will contribute financially. The Amsterdam City Region hopes that the government decides in June.