The Netherlands. The Jewel in the European Solar Crown and a country 3 times smaller than New York.
Updated: Jul 1, 2020
The Netherlands is a country 3 times smaller than New York, inhabited by 17 million people.
At the same time is a Top 10 solar market globally ranking 4th biggest in Europe behind Spain , Germany and Ukraine, countries with 3 times higher population and 8 to 12 times larger land area , with the country's solar market enjoying one of the fastest , if not the fastest, growth rates in the continent with an average of 45%.
70% of Dutch are supporting residential solar as a preferred energy source with the Dutch government being determined to be emission free by 2050.
Solar Energy is one of the major contributors in achieving this goal while by 2023, already 2 gigawatt-peak of floating power will have been realized.
The Netherlands will build floating solar parks on a large scale in the coming years. First on inland waters and then at sea.
According to Solar Future, in 2023, already 2 gigawatt-peak of floating power will have been realized, scientists and project developers predict. The target of 2 gigawatt-peak on water in 2023 has been set by the Netherlands and the National Consortium Sun on Water, the platform that combines 35 governments, science institutions and companies to work together on concrete projects.
Next to this the Dutch government plans to build one million new "green" homes, and has set the highly ambitious goal of ‘greening’ all existing homes, not just by phasing away from gas heating towards heat pumps and district heating, but also green energy production.
The Netherlands is undoubtedly the jewel in the European solar crown.