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.
Dutch PV installers tend to use Asian solar photovoltaic (PV) module brands when installing a PV system, according to the “European PV InstallerMonitor 2015/2016,” an European installer survey from German market research specialist EuPD Research (Bonn, Germany).
On May 26th, the 8th annual edition of The Solar Future NL will take place in Utrecht. In preparation for this event, we’re diving into the market once again for an extensive analysis of what is going on in terms of trends, projects, developers, technologies, and much more. With this first article we want to provide our readers with an overview of the Dutch utility-scale solar market, and its main findings will be based on a comparison between what currently are and previously were the country’s largest solar projects.
What can the Dutch market players do to help the PV industry in The Netherlands to reach its peak of advancement? To investigate this complex question further, Mr. Craig Savy, Business Development Manager of DNV GL, shares his expertise on behalf of his company, an international firm known for its world-renowned testing, certification and advisory services to the energy value chain.
Solar PV experts from The Netherlands share one common goal, regardless of where they are specifically involved within the Dutch PV market. As Dennis Gieselaar, Co-Founder of Oskomera, so poignantly states, “The market needs to be educated further. My general drive is to see how we can mobilize the market more towards professionalism and have a greater drive for quality.” He notes that we cannot be willing to just accept low prices above all else, and then expect to see what quality remains. As an expert panelist at Solarplaza’s The Solar Future NL on May 27, 2015 in Rotterdam (www.thesolarfuture.nl), Dennis will discuss in depth the following trending and growing issue of high quality versus low quality solar installations from the perspective of a market leader, and his vision for the future Dutch PV market.
Solar leasing is a hot phenomenon in the United States and Australia, and several other countries around the world that have welcomed the world of solar with open arms. The Dutch PV market has generally gravitated towards privately owned solar panels, however there are enough benefits of a solar leasing scheme that the market is finally open to shifting towards the concept of solar leasing. Shares Mr. Niels Bartels of Suniverse enthusiastically, “As far as trends to watch in The Netherlands for 2015 are concerned, solar leasing will be the trend of the year.”
According to first quarter statistics for 2015, the Dutch PV market is booming again. Installations are on the rise around the country in the form of both rooftop and ground mounted PV installations, and the amount of approximately 370 MW installed capacity is likely to double heading into 2016. We talk to Peter Desmet, CEO of SolarClarity, about his vision on the Dutch solar PV market.
Earlier this year, a major Minnesota construction company announced an agreement with the solar developer SunShare, LLC to collaborate on future projects in the budding community solar garden market.
Solar energy is critical to achieving the Dutch climate goals, market experts tell Solarplaza, the organizer of the coming 7th The Solar Future NL event on 27 May in Rotterdam. More and more Dutch companies and households opt for solar power to reduce their energy bills and actively participate in the energy transition. ‘A spike in larger business projects bring a dramatic growth in 2015’.
Energy utilities have been perceived, by some, as proponents of conventional forms of energy such as natural gas, nuclear and coal, and less supportive of newer, renewable energy sources. However, one of the largest utility companies from the United States stands out as a “green” leader and strong proponent of renewable energy, more specifically, solar PV. By 2020, they are expecting that more than 10% of their generation mix will be in the form of solar energy. Additionally, approximately 160,000 of its customers have solar systems on their roofs -- and this number is currently growing by about 50,000 customers per year. Furthermore, it will soon be launching an option whereby all customers can go 100% solar through a new Community Solar program.