Solar energy

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.

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Source: Solar Magazine

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 …..

Dutch company Zonatlas will calculate Solar potential of building facades

Dutch company Zonatlas will calculate Solar potential of building facades

The technological development of new generation solar panels is making great leaps forward. Think of solar cells in roof tiles, windows that generate solar energy or flexible solar panels on various rooftop surfaces. All these techniques are developing rapidly.

The facades of buildings can also generate solar energy. The technology behind this type of solar modules is currently under development. Zonatlas can put her advanced software to use and calculate the potential of solar energy on building facades. Similar to what Zonatlas has already done for all the rooftops in the Netherlands.

Ready for the future

Although lots of rooftops can provide a sufficient source of solar energy for most consumers, there are a high number of buildings that cannot. If you look at big cities, there are big apartment buildings or offices that have large surface areas on their facades, but a (relatively) small roof. To cover their energy needs in the future, we might also need to start using the facades of these buildings.

One of the partners of Zonatlas participated in a pilot to calculate all the buildings in the city of Senne (Germany). This pilot concluded that facades could harvest twice the amount of solar energy as all the rooftops combined. This relates mostly to cities, and therefore the potential is huge!

Calculations

The calculations that have already been done are making use of a 360° analysis of all the buildings. The technology of Zonatlas makes it possible to then view the entire building in 3D. Similar to what Zonatlas does with individual rooftops, the effect of shades and obstructions that might influence the solar yield will be calculated.

In Senne (Germany) the calculations showed that about 20% of the facades are suited for solar modules. When you take into consideration that buildings most often only have one side with an optimal position towards sun, this percentage is higher than anticipated.

Next step of Zonatlas

Because Zonatlas calculated all the rooftops in the Netherlands, its logical next step is to calculate the facades of all buildings in the Netherlands. Municipalities and their inhabitants make frequent use of Zonatlas in finding their optimal solar installation. Due to the independent insight provided by Zonatlas, both consumers and companies can soon start to think about using not only their roofs, but also their facades for generating solar energy.