Panasonic simulator enables Dutch homeowners to see solar benefits

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In a noble effort to show European residents just how they could benefit from installing rooftop solar, Panasonic has launched its effective new online simulator in Holland. The company hopes that the new platform will make installing solar a non-brainer, even in areas of the country that are not blessed with high level of solar irradiation.

The simulator is simple to use. Homeowners just need to stick in their address, their roof characteristics and their annual electricity consumption for a calculated estimate of how much they could save by installing a solar array on their roof. The “Simulate your Solar System” also outlines to users the other benefits of the PV array, such as its environmental impact, the benefits of energy independence, and how it will make their homes ‘future-ready.’

“Over the last few years, Dutch homeowners have really begun to embrace solar energy,” commented Daniel Roca, senior business developer at Panasonic. “Renewable energy now accounts for 12.4% of total production in the Netherlands, the first increased contribution to total electricity output for the country since 2012. By expanding functionality of our interactive simulation platform to the Netherlands, we believe we can help provide a unique insight into how solar energy can benefit homeowners and empower them to join the clean energy revolution in the Netherlands.”

The platform was first launched in the U.K. earlier in the year, and the company plans to expand its reach to other European countries. It comes at an important time for residential PV across Europe, as although there has been a decrease in installations in some key markets, such as Germany, the rise of home battery storage is piquing a renewed interest for installing residential solar.

Storage is being widely seen as the driver for a new wave of residential solar in European markets. Home energy storage systems are now being embraced in some of the continent’s largest markets, including Germany, Italy and the U.K.