Solar energy

Solar Magazine: “Dutch Minister Wiebes: ‘Grid operators do not have to compensate citizens for switching off solar panels’ ……….”

Solar Magazine: “Dutch Minister Wiebes: ‘Grid operators do not have to compensate citizens for switching off solar panels’ ……….”

An article that you should be well aware of.

In any case, it shows that local home/neighborhood electricity storage is becoming increasingly important.

It is also important to register solar panels in time.

According to Solar Magazine: “The grid operators have recently renewed the website energieleveren.nl. This has also changed the way in which owners must register their solar panels with their grid operator. Dutch Minister Wiebes asks consumers to register on time: ‘It is an obligation in the Electricity Network Code for consumers and companies to report the installation of solar panels. That is why I call on private individuals to always contact the network operator in advance to obtain the most up-to-date information. The network operators depend on these signals to be able to take into account any necessary adjustments at an early stage.’….”.

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Global scale-up of Solar and Wind energy and what’s ahead of us?

Global scale-up of Solar and Wind energy and what’s ahead of us?

The research company BloombergNEF (BNEF) opened a recent article with the following sentences: “Solar PV and onshore wind are now the cheapest sources of new-build generation for at least two-thirds of the global population.” And they continued in the same paragraph: “Battery storage is now the cheapest new-build technology for peaking purposes (up to two-hours of discharge duration) in gas-importing regions, like Europe, China or Japan.”.

Reading BNEF’s research it confirmed our own views that a major structural change in our energy system is happening. The International Energy Agency (IEA) in a separate article not only emphasised the fact that the Covid-19 pandemic has created the largest shock to the global energy system in more than seven decades, but is also observing a major shift towards low-carbon sources of electricity. IEA states in a recent message: “low-carbon sources are set to extend their lead this year to reach 40% of global electricity generation”.

Affordable battery storage will significantly enhance the integration of decentralised sustainable energy generation on a large scale, providing nice benefits to individual households and businesses.

Very interesting reports and news facts and hence we recommend you to read the following:

Production of sustainable electricity in the Netherlands has risen / strong growth solar power in 2019

Production of sustainable electricity in the Netherlands has risen / strong growth solar power in 2019

In an article published today, Statistics Netherlands (CBS) states:
“In 2019, electricity production from renewable sources amounted to 21.8 billion kilowatt hours (kWh), in 2018 this was 18.5 billion kWh. Windmills had the largest share of this, at 49 percent, but this has fallen compared to 2018 (54 percent). Biomass accounted for 26 percent, solar power for 24 percent of renewable energy production. Renewable electricity production accounted for 18 percent of electricity consumption in the Netherlands in 2019, compared to 15 percent in 2018. ”

CBS further concludes:
“40 percent more solar power through more solar panels. The production of electricity with solar panels increased from 3.7 billion kWh in 2018 to 5.2 billion kWh in 2019. That is an increase of more than 40 percent, which is directly related to the increase in the installed capacity of solar panels. The total capacity of solar panels grew by approximately 2 400 megawatts in 2019, and is estimated at 6 900 megawatts. The largest part of this increase (70 percent, or 1 700 megawatt) is due to new, large installations on roofs of buildings and on the ground. ”

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National Solar Trend Report 2020

National Solar Trend Report 2020

National Solar Trend Report 2020 © Dutch New Energy Research: “The Dutch solar energy market continued to grow strongly in 2019. With an installed capacity of 2.4 GW, the capacity of solar energy increased by 53% compared to a year earlier. The Netherlands is now among the forerunners worldwide when it comes to annually installed capacity. The residential market was responsible for 0.7 GW of the installed capacity. The business market accounted for 1.7 GW.”
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Interesting facts by IEA

Interesting facts by IEA

Global solar PV market set for spectacular growth over next 5 years

According to the IEA: “The installation of solar PV systems on homes, commercial buildings and industrial facilities is set to take off over the next five years, transforming the way electricity is generated and consumed, according to the International Energy Agency’s latest renewable energy market forecast.
These applications – known collectively as distributed PV – are the focus of the IEA’s Renewables 2019 market report. The report forecasts that the world’s total renewable-based power capacity will grow by 50% between 2019 and 2024. This increase of 1,200 gigawatts – equivalent to the current total power capacity of the United States – is driven by cost reductions and concerted government policy efforts. Solar PV accounts for 60% of the rise. The share of renewables in global power generation is set to rise from 26% today to 30% in 2024.”
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IEA Energy databases and data services including World Energy Statistics and Balances

Worthwhile to read IEA’s recent release of the 2019 edition of energy databases and data services including World Energy Statistics and Balances, the IEA Key World Energy Statistics, etc. Read more ….

Energy Commons Institute (ECI)

Energy Commons Institute (ECI)

On Friday, October 25, an event was held in Groningen (NL) with the theme “Doing Things Together”. The event was organised by the new Energy Commons Institute, and was hosted by the Centre for Vocational Training “Leerbouwen”.
More than 150 attendees saw different organisations sharing their knowledge and experiences, in interactive sessions, with respect to sustainable solutions in the build environment.
A gas-free central heating boiler was introduced at the end of the event; applied in a new heating system (> 500kW) which has been installed on the roof of “Leerbouwen”.
For further information we refer to the ECI website; www.eci.institute/en.

NB. Leerbouwen has been established for people with and without distance to the labour market. In close cooperation with the business community, municipalities, UWV, Werk in Zicht and employment agencies, they provide customised training courses. Read more ….

IEA publishes interesting information on Energy storage, EVs, and RD&D Budget Database for Energy technologies

IEA publishes interesting information on Energy storage, EVs, and RD&D Budget Database for Energy technologies

According to IEA, energy storage deployment reached a record level in 2018, nearly doubling from 2017.
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Year 2018 was another record-breaking year for global electric car sales (1.98 million), raising total global stock to 5.12 million, according to IEA analyses. Sales increased 68% in 2018….
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A very interesting Energy Technology RD&D Budget Database by the IEA allows users to track trends in spending by energy technologies in IEA countries back to 1977.
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CBS (statistics) Netherlands data on natural gas extraction and energy consumption from renewable sources in NL

CBS (statistics) Netherlands data on natural gas extraction and energy consumption from renewable sources in NL

According to Dutch CBS: Natural gas revenues from gas extraction in NL amount to nearly 417 billion euros.
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According to Dutch CBS: in 2018, renewable energy sources accounted for 7.4 percent of total Dutch energy consumption, up from 6.6 percent one year previously.
Solar energy consumption (for electricity and heat) increased by 40 percent. The use of energy from wind only increased by 4 percent (mainly due to onshore wind capacity).
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