Dutch solar sales increase by 70%

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Importers as well as installers have reported an increase of at least 70% in sales from 2014 according to Dutch media BNR – the reason being the clarity in taxes and subsidies that has come about in the Netherlands. The Netherlands was in the bottom five according to eurostat based on proportion of electrcitiy generated from renewable sources in 2013. However efforts started picking up after a Dutch court in June this year ordered the government to cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 25% by 2020.

Citizens win

The case was brought to court by almost 900 Dutch citizens represented by Urgenda, a sustainability foundation. Urgenda stated that "the Netherlands had a duty of care to its citizens and to improve the environment". This landmark case led to the Dutch government agreeing to close coal plants and increase wind and solar energy as well as reduce gas extraction activity in the north.

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