In 2019 the Netherlands' energy consumption from renewable sources grew by 16 percent compared to the year before. A total of 181 petajoules of the country's energy came from renewable sources. More than half of that increase was due to more biomass, mainly due to power plants using more biodiesel and biogasoline, Statistics Netherlands reported on Friday.
There is much more support for solar energy in the Netherlands than for new wind turbines to be installed, according to the preliminary plans of 24 of the Netherlands' 30 energy regions. If these so-called Regional Energy Strategies (RES) are actually implemented, the ratio between wind and solar energy will switch from 60 percent wind and 40 percent sun, to 20 percent and 80 percent respectively, NOS reports.
Households with an electric car or solar panels and a smart electricity meter will soon be able to earn some extra cash by selling their excess electricity. National grid operator TenneT developed a blockchain platform, called Equigy, through which millions of private individuals throughout Europe can become active on the electricity market, NOS reports.
Amsterdam's goal of reducing its CO2 emissions by 55 percent by 2030 is achievable, but will take a deal of effort, sustainability alderman Marieke van Doorninck said in a press release on Friday. The municipality plans to achieve this goal with measures like promoting solar panel and wind turbine installations, and getting homes off the natural gas network.
Amsterdam plans to produce enough sustainable energy by 2030 to supply the electricity demands of 80 percent of the city's households. The Regional Energy Strategy (RES) presented by the mayor and aldermen on Wednesday shows that Amsterdam aims to generate 127 megawatts of wind energy, 400 megawatts of solar energy on large roofs, and 150 megawatts of solar energy on small roofs when the next decade arrives.
Efteling is looking to hit two birds with one stone in the completion of a new covered parking area - creating more and better parking spaces for guests, while also generating its own renewable energy. The parking lot will be completely covered in solar panels, creating individual carports for many of the amusement park's visitors.
An ever-growing group of Dutch want to make their homes more sustainable. 55 percent are currently seriously considering taking sustainability measures in their home. For nearly 60 percent, saving money is the most important reason to go green, according to a survey by Panalwizard among 1,022 Dutch adults with a rental or owner-occupied home, AD reports.
When the AFAS stadium in Alkmaar was built, the future installation of solar panels on its roof was not taken into account, Anna Lambrechts, commercial director of Sunprojects - the company that installed around 1,700 solar panels on the stadium's roof in 2015 - said in a video used as promotional material, AD reports.
The video was filmed four years ago. It was taken offline after the roof of the AZ stadium partially collapsed in a storm on Saturday.
The Eindhoven University of Technology designed a sustainable alternative for the diesel and petrol generators used at festivals - a collapsible wind turbine that comes equipped with solar panels and a battery for energy storage. The GEM tower will be tested for the first time at the Pukkelpop festival in Hasselt, Belgium nine days from now, NOS reports.
Over a hundred solar panels were stolen from football club SV de Vecht in the Utrecht town of Loenen aan de Vecht. The solar panels were taken from the club building on Rijksstraatweg last week. The club reported the theft to the police, RTV Utrecht reports.
In some areas in the Netherlands the power grid is struggling to cope with the large number of new solar panels installed over the past few years, various Dutch newspapers report.
According to the Telegraaf, there is talk of "traffic jams" on the grid. In parts of Groningen, Drenthe and Overijssel, network operators Enexis and Tennet have to say "no" to the initiators of new large-scale projects, the Volkskrant and Financieele Dagblad report. According to FD, a lack of power cables is even standing in the way of the switch to green energy.
King Willem-Alexander wants to install solar panels on palace Huis ten Bosch, but can't due to a law that states that you can not change the appearance of national monuments. He is not giving up though and will continue to look for a way, he said in Amsterdam on Wednesday, RTL Nieuws reports.
Last year the Netherlands generated 10 percent more energy from renewable sources than in the year before, Statistics Netherlands reported on Friday. Despite this increase, the Netherlands is still far from its goal to be CO2-neutral by 2050.