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The Netherlands is now also world champion in solar energy
By: André Oerlemans
We were already a leader in Europe, but since this year the Netherlands has also become world champion in solar energy. In 2023, 4.8 gigawatts of capacity would be added. As a result, the Netherlands now has a capacity of 24.4 gigawatts. That is 1,386 watts or 3.5 solar panels per inhabitant, which is the highest in the entire world.
This is evident from the National Solar Trend Report 2024 from Dutch New Energy Research (DNE Research). With this average, the Netherlands has passed Australia in the world rankings. According to the report, the growth is entirely due to the first half of 2023. In the second half, growth turned to contraction. Industry organization SolarPower Europe previously reported that 4.1 gigawatts of solar energy capacity were added in the Netherlands last year. The growth therefore appears to have been even greater.

Record solar panel consumers
Last year, citizens installed a record 2.55 gigawatts of solar panels on their roofs. That is 17 percent more than in 2022, the previous record year. Growth was also strong in the business segment at 2.25 gigawatts. Since 2019, both markets have tripled in size. As a result, the Netherlands now belongs to the absolute world top.

More solar panels on homes
Dutch grid operators also saw the number of solar panels on homes increase by 30 percent last year. The number of houses with solar panels increased from 2 million in 2022 to 2.6 million in 2023. A third of all Dutch homes now have solar panels on the roof. But the grid operators also saw that growth slowed in the second half of the year.
Shrinkage threatens
Projects for constructing solar parks and installing solar panels on company roofs are becoming increasingly difficult, DNE Research notes. This is due to fluctuating prices for materials, high interest rates and problems with grid congestion, which prevent connections to the grid. Due to the energy crisis, private individuals purchased more solar panels than ever in the first half of 2023. Due to negative reports and the impending abolition of the netting scheme for consumers (which allows them to deduct their returned solar power from their energy bill), the growing market for households turned around in the second half of the year. DNE Research expects that this contraction will continue across the entire solar energy sector over the next three years without additional policy and innovation.

New policy needed
“The growth that the Dutch solar energy sector has experienced in recent years is not self-evident,” says Daan Jansen, principal researcher at DNE Research. “Smart projects and developments are therefore needed in both the residential and business segments that can deliver a lot of value with little grid capacity. Innovative projects and appropriate policies are needed to maintain momentum.”

More growth needed
Further growth in solar energy is necessary to achieve climate neutrality by 2050. According to the National Energy System Plan, the Netherlands needs a capacity of 59 gigawatts in 2030, 98 gigawatts in 2035 and a total of 172 gigawatts in 2050. To achieve this, an annual growth of 5 to 8 gigawatts of solar energy is required, more than in the past year. “We must make our energy system further sustainable, further reduce energy costs and we must become more independent from countries on which we do not want to be dependent. With smart, innovative solutions, we as a sector will ensure that our energy system becomes truly clean and cheap. Yes, it will be exciting, but few people would have thought possible that the Netherlands would become world champion in solar energy," says Wijnand van Hooff, general manager of Holland Solar.
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  • Munene Mugambi

    10 w

    I hope this reduces the cost of power for the people over there

    • Gorffly mokua

      10 w

      This is absolutely amazing!

      • Munene Mugambi

        10 w

        @gorffly_mokua it's a significant step in the right direction by Nederlands

      • Sarah Chabane

        10 w


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