“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 ….
This is an increase of 10 percent relative to the previous year. Consumption of solar energy rose by over 30 percent. Read more …
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
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 …..
Solar magazine states: Solar energy 2023 scenario: 6 million households in the Netherlands with solar panels in 2023. Read more.
For the Dutch readers, reference is made for more information on solar applications to Zonatlas.nl.
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!
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.
In the Netherlands 525 MW of solar power capacity was installed in 2016, bringing total solar capacity to 2 GW, which supplied 1.5% of Dutch electricity generation, according to the National Solar Trend Report 2017 (available here in Dutch), a collaboration of many private and public players in the Dutch solar sector.