Belgium's ambition for green electricity is to supply 10% to 20% of the country's total needs by 2020 with wind energy. In Nivelles, this objective has already been surpassed: a quarter of homes, including those related to Engel & Völkers, are powered via the 4 wind turbines of the new wind farm "Les Vents d'Arpes", which was installed in October 2017.
4 turbines and more than 14 million kWh produced
Wind energy is one of the most profitable alternative methods of energy production and creates twice as much electricity as coal. On the strength of this: tatistic shared by Engel & Völkers, Nivelles recently welcomed its 4-turbine wind farm. One of them, named Elice, is the most productive of all: during its first four months of operation, it produced 3 875 490 kWh, the equivalent of 26.7% of the consumption of the inhabitants of the commune.
Over all, the 4 wind turbines installed in the Nivelles park were responsible for 14,471,187 kWh over the period from October 20, 2017 to February 28, 2018. This figure remains lower than for the turbines installed in the North Sea, by far the most profitable, but even so, the production of this park, mainly directed to the surrounding villages, offers very encouraging results.
La Maison Verte (the eco house) takes centre stage in Nivelles. The housing stock promoted by Engel & Völkers benefits greatly from it: not only is wind energy more environmentally friendly in terms of electricity production but it is also ore energy efficient. Over the first four months of operation of the four turbines, an additional consumption of around 6500 tons of CO2 has been avoided, compared to the average of the other years.