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Solar power accounts for tiny fraction of Dutch production

Wednesday 20 February 2013

Just 0.09% of the electricity used in the Netherlands is generated by solar power, the national statistics office CBS said on Wednesday.

Solar panels in the Netherlands produce some 100 million kilowatt hours of power, while total production is in the region of 100 billion kilowatt hours, the CBS said.

Nearly all (90%) of domestic solar power production derives from private households rather than energy companies.

Despite its tiny share of the domestic market, Dutch solar panel-makers had turnover of over €490m in 2010 and employed 622, the CBS said.

On Tuesday there were warnings in the Netherlands that many solar panels don't deliver as much energy as they are supposed to. Around 25% of people with solar panels on their roof will not earn their investment back, the AD newspaper reported.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

The figures mentioned in this article are from 2011, at the end of which app. 140 Mw was installed. In 2012 the total amount of installed pv-systems probably exceeded 300 Mw. And despite scaremongering tactics as we saw yesterday in the media there is no stopping now for green energy.

By pepe | 20 February 2013 10:46 AM

In sunny southern Europe, solar panels can maybe just about pay for themselves. How could they possibly do so in the feeble Dutch sun?
Installing photovoltaic panels in the Netherlands is ridiculous.

By Mark Holden | 20 February 2013 11:25 AM

the truth is that solar panels are still not effective enough to deliver bigger amounts of power. As long as we (globally) have the types of industry as presently, we will need traditional power stations, be it on coal, gas or nuclear.

By kar | 20 February 2013 4:26 PM

about 3%/4% of total electricity in Germany ....by (very stark) contrast.

By bads | 20 February 2013 4:52 PM

And this is also the percentage of sunny days. Maybe the Dutch should find a way of producing electricity from rain and cold :)

By Christophe | 20 February 2013 5:04 PM

solar panels are good during the summer when we are eating salads and dont need the power,during hot summer days we dont need heating or hot water like we do in the winter.

Wind turbines are great during the night when the wind blows most unfortunatly we need very little power then,we need a system that can be used during winter months from 6am to 10pm.

By iw | 20 February 2013 6:40 PM

it must be all those long and sunny summers

By expat | 22 February 2013 10:34 AM

Despite what people say or write, The Netherlands is a good place to put solar panels on the roof: in ~10 years the investment is paid back! And, are we serious to burn all that gas, petrol, etc. when we can use the sun, the wind, etc.? Are not all those resources limited? Think about the future, our kids, ... and make yourself independent of those energy companies who milk and cheat us every single day. Only a fool is against is against renewable energy! And the Dutch government? Snore, snore, snore, snore, snore, ...

By tutino | 25 February 2013 1:12 PM

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