On June 13th, the 11th annual edition of The Solar Future NL will take place in DeFabrique, Utrecht. In preparation for this event, we’re diving into the market once again for an analysis of what is going on in terms of size, trends, projects, developers, technologies, and much more.
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For the second time, Solarplaza will support the ‘Vakbeurs Energie’ by contributing to the seminar program on Tuesday 9 October. Solarplaza will host two dedicated sessions and will be represented at the event by Tom van Dorp and Thomas Boersma.
UTRECHT – With costs of PV-installations going down steadily and oil dominated electricity prices going up, solar power prices will beat those of coal or other power plants by 2021 in the Netherlands. SDE+ subsidies, which are too high, will be no longer needed. Though there are some concerns about extremely low margins in materials and operation & maintenance prices, which can lead to operational problems.
With this new overview we want to provide our readers with an overview of the growth in the Dutch utility-scale solar market by highlighting the 20 largest PV projects that have been announced for The Netherlands.
Historically, central inverters have been mainly used in utility-scale projects. Larger power units lead to lower system costs by making installation, operations & maintenance easier. By contrast, string inverters were mainly utilized in complex terrain due to smaller power units and more MPPTs (Maximum Power Point Tracking).
UTRECHT - To meet solar energy’s envisioned share in the 2050 energy targets, 10 percent of Dutch agricultural land should be repurposed as solar fields, new research shows. Many farmers and developers are working towards this goal. The effort requires careful planning, research into multi-use of farmlands and clear agreements with farmers and municipal governments.
UTRECHT - In 2017, the Dutch solar energy market grew by more than 700MWp: a new record. This growth figure might actually double in 2018, but this potential appears to be threatened by a shortage in specialized and qualified workers at installation and construction companies needed to install all the solar rooftop and ground-based projects in the Dutch pipeline.
Big data analysis and cloud computing are rapidly advancing intelligent home management, including the management of energy generation and consumption. Meanwhile, households are getting smarter every day, with more and more computing devices and appliances connected by the Internet of Things, resulting in an increasingly responsive and interactive living experience.
Michael Liebreich, chairman of the advisory board at Bloomberg New Energy Finance, discusses the trends they're seeing when it comes to the cost of electricity and renewable energy, and where they see these prices headed in the near future. (Source: Bloomberg).
To get a grasp of which developers and companies are leading this movement, we dived into the data of the (granted) SDE+ subsidy applications and compiled a Top 20 overview of developers and their solar pipelines.
UTRECHT - Roads filled with self-driving electric cars, powered by solar and wind energy, that are notified by a smart electricity grid on whether they need to store excessive energy or supply energy back to the grid. That’s how Auke Hoekstra, senior advisor smart mobility at the Technical University of Eindhoven, sees the future.
In this age of information, smart investors expect to stay informed regarding the performance of their investments. This is as true for the stock market as it is for PV systems.
After an inflexion point in 2013, solar power has become a respectable asset class for capital markets wielding up to $130 trillion in funds.
Renewable energy integration is a new byword for construction in the Netherlands as the country aims to meet decarbonisation targets.
Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) today announced that it has reached a significant milestone by connecting the 150,000th solar customer to its electric grid. In addition, during 2014, the utility connected more rooftop solar customers to its grid than any other year in its history. More than 45,000 new solar customers were added in 2014 alone. During this time period, PG&E added approximately 326 MW of installed solar power – enough to power more than 70,000 homes.
SOLARRSERVER - SolarCity Corp. (San Mateo, California, U.S.) and DIRECTV (Long Beach, California, U.S.), a provider of digital television entertainment services, are teaming up to make affordable solar power even more accessible for homeowners in major cities across the country.
Democratization of energy and finance now go hand in hand, thanks to crowdfunding. Platforms all over the world are enabling people to contribute towards the environment themselves, while making returns that beat any saving account. For renewable energy project developers this also opens a world of opportunities, tapping into the wealth of retail investors.
REUTERS - EU nations are on track to meet a target to get one fifth of their energy from renewable sources by 2020, even though Britain, the Netherlands and Luxembourg are lagging behind, the European Environment Agency (EEA) said on Tuesday.