Monthly special September: Solar energy used in a greenhouse

The world is becoming more and more sustainable. This is not unnoticed in the greenhouse horticultural sector. Energy consumption is under critical review by greenhouse owners and other specialists in the horticultural sector. The sun in particular, is an energy source that is eagerly can be used in a greenhouse. Because heating a greenhouse costs a lot of energy and also entails the necessary CO₂ emissions. But with the use of solar energy this could rapidly change in future.

The benefits of using solar energy are various. Solar energy is a renewable free energy which is sustainable and completely inexhaustible, unlike fossil sources which are finite. It is also a non-polluting energy source and does not emit any greenhouse gases in the production of electricity. Using solar energy saves on energy bills and contributes to a better world.

The United Nations has set several #Envision2030 Goals. For example, Goal 7 indicates that by 2030 the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix should be significantly increased. When solar energy is used in the horticultural sector, this helps to achieve this goal.

Various applications

Usually, the areas above the work and storage areas can be used. This often involves a large roof surface, which makes it more interesting to install solar panels. This allows a greenhouse horticultural company to produce sustainable energy with limited adjustment. The individual glass parts are connected in parallel with PV cells by means of modules. A central receiving system converts the received energy into the correct voltage, so that it can be supplied back to the grid or for direct use.

In addition to the work and storage areas, other applications are also possible. For example, facade solar panels can also be installed. Due to the vertical placement, the optimal energy production is later in the day than with regular solar panels. In addition, the floating solar panel is also an interesting option. In this application, solar panels are placed on floats in a water basin. This offers various advantages such as a higher yield, because the panels work better when they are cooled. The otherwise useless water surface of a basin is used in this application for the production of sustainable energy.


The Netherlands aims for the energy supply to be almost completely sustainable and CO₂ neutral by 2050. This is an important goal and challenge for the climate change. That is why entrepreneurs can make use of various grant programs, such as the SDE+ program. This grant is made available each year to stimulate various renewable energy projects. These grants will make it more attractive to use the sun as the best alternative energy source.


For companies in the horticultural sector, Gakon offers solutions for generating usable energy from sunpower. Your investment pays off and your operating costs go down. In addition, your carbon footprint decreases because less fossil sources is used, so that we ensure a better planet. We can place the solar panels in new to build contructions as also in consisting greenhouses. Curious about our formula? Click for more information and the options on the button below.