By: Amanda Froelich,
Who’s going green? The Dutch, apparently. This last year the region’s solar market saw good growth in solar paneling, recording an approximate doubling from about 100,000 to 200,000 installations. Now, the aim is to reach 300,000.
To be accurate, 101,326 new installations were registered in 2013, mostly on private homes. Compared to the United States, this number fares well, as 140,000 were recorded in America within the same time frame. The US, however, is also much bigger – approximately 19 times larger.
Last year, the Dutch’s solar installations came to generate approximately 300 megawatts (MW) of power capacity, increasing the Netherlands’ solar power capacity from 365 MW to 665 MW.
Edwin Koot, CEO of Solarplaza commented on the growing trend, “In the Netherlands it is currently more profitable to invest on your roof than to put it in a bank account.” The situation is the same for millions in the United States.
A very positive aspect of this development is that growth in this sector also leads to more jobs. “The Netherlands now have more than 1,100 suppliers of solar systems, some 300 more than the 800 that were reported last May,” The Solar Future Netherlands writes.
The Solar Future NL is actually a solar conference that will be hosted in the Beurs van Berlage in Amsterdam by Solarplaza on May 27.
Obtained from the website:
During the conference, leading scientists, entrepreneurs and experts in the field of solar energy from home and abroad, gather to present the main developments in the market and new strategic insights. Among them are household names such as international energy guru Jeremy Leggett from the United Kingdom, the president of the French Solaire Direct; Thierry Lepercq, a world leader in solar energy project development, and Professor Wim Sinke; Holland’s most experienced and greatest solar energy expert.
As it is becoming more economical and environmentally responsible to opt for alternative forms of energy, solar paneling may soon become the norm in most developed locations.