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Solar power in the Netherlands

 

Solar power in the Netherlands

Solar panels

Solar power in the Netherlands has installed 655 MW of photovoltaics as of the end of 2013.[1] Subsidies of 33 euro cents per kWh introduced in 2008[2] had failed to attract much development, but when they were curtailed, Dutch banded together to make large purchases at discount instead.[3]

In 2011, a 500 kW solar array was added to the roof of Rotterdam’s central train station.[4]

In 2012 solar capacity more than doubled to 321 MW with new added capacity of 175 MW.[5] According to the Dutch grid operators, solar capacity grew to a cumulative power of 655,4 MW at the end of 2013 [6]

In November 2014 SolaRoad, the world's first experimental solar cycle path, was opened in the village of Krommenie. The aim of the project is to test the practicality and cost efficiency of embedding solar panels into a cycle path. The idea is that the path, which is expected to generate 50 to 70 kWh/m² each year, can power anything from street lights or traffic lights to electric cars or houses. The developers of SolaRoad believe that up to 20% of the 140,000 km of road in Holland could potentially be used to harvest solar energy.[7]

Photovoltaics
Year MWp
2001 20.5
2002 26.3
2003 45.7
2004 49.2
2005 50.7
2006 52.2
2007 52.8
2008 57.2
2009 67.5
2010 88
2011 146
2012 321
2013 655,4

In addition to photovoltaics, solar energy is used extensively for heating water, with 332,217 kW(th) installed by the end of 2011.[8]

See also

References

  1. ^ Netherlands reached 665 MW of cumulative PV capacity in 2013
  2. ^ Netherlands introduces solar power subsidy
  3. ^ Solar panel surge after subsidy suspension
  4. ^ Rotterdam Central Station
  5. ^ Photovoltaic Barometer
  6. ^ Groene Courant, Vermogen zonne-energie bij netbeheerders 214 procent gestegen
  7. ^ [1]
  8. ^ Solar Thermal Markets in Europe
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