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Dutch national government [June 15, 2018] : “Refund subsidy will replace the offset scheme”

Dutch national government [June 15, 2018] : “Refund subsidy will replace the offset scheme”

“Minister Wiebes is working on a new subsidy scheme for households and companies that generate their own sustainable electricity. The new scheme focuses not only on the stimulation of solar energy, but also on other renewable energy sources such as wind energy. The starting point for the new subsidy scheme is to ensure an average payback period of around seven years. This is what Minister Wiebes of Economic Affairs and Climate writes in a letter to the House of Representatives on 15 June 2018 “. Read more ….

SER: job shortage in the solar and sustainable energy sector

SER: job shortage in the solar and sustainable energy sector

The Dutch Social Economic Council (SER) reports in an advisory report to the Dutch government that the job shortage in the sustainable energy sector is increasing ‘hand over fist’. This creates a serious risk to the rollout of, among other things, wind and solar energy.

The advisory report has been prepared by the SER Committee on Energy Transition and Employment. In order to meet the government’s climate goals, the Council believes that investments should be made in training, attracting qualified people, and in guiding the transfer of positions within the sector.

Read the full article on Solar Magazine

Source: Solar Magazine

Financing option helps homeowners to become gas-free

Financing option helps homeowners to become gas-free

A unique trial will start in the Dutch city Heerhugowaard, which can help large parts of the Netherlands’ residential areas to become natural gas-free. For the first time, homeowners living in a neighborhood with a mix of residential and rental houses, will receive a proposal from the local housing corporation to become energy-neutral collectively.

It concerns 14 homeowners who live within a block of 97 rental homes. To get them involved they will receive an attractive, ready-made offer. Both technically and financially viable.

Read the article in Trouw

Source: Trouw

CBS: 10% more electricity from renewable sources (eg. wind, solar) in the Netherlands in 2017.

CBS: 10% more electricity from renewable sources (eg. wind, solar) in the Netherlands in 2017.

Statistics Netherlands’ figures (ex CBS) show that 10% more electricity from renewable sources was generated in the Netherlands in 2017 compared to 2016. The share of sustainably generated electricity in total electricity consumption rose from 12.5% ​​in 2016 to 13.8% in 2017. In 2017, electricity production from renewable sources was 17 billion kWh. And the share of solar energy was approximately 2.1 billion kWh. The installed capacity of solar panels in the Netherlands increased sharply in 2017 and is estimated at more than 2.7 gigawatts. However, we still have a long way to go to meet the Paris targets. And the potential for much more solar energy in the Netherlands is there. Read more …..