Dutch government plans to build solar parks on its own premises

The Dutch government has said it intends to construct several solar parks on its own premises as part of its agenda for the “Energieakkoord voor duurzame groei”, an agreement reached with 40 different Dutch organizations on energy efficiency, sustainable energy and climate measures in 2013.

In a document published on its website, the Dutch government has explained that the first pilot solar projects will be completed by 2020. “The national government has several areas that can also be used for the generation of renewable energy,” the document says.

“In order to evaluate how much of these areas can be used, a number of pilot projects are currently being prepared. We are currently considering the construction of six or seven pilot solar projects with a power range of 80 MW to 100 MW each,” the government added, without divulging any further details.

Other public entities in the Netherlands are currently planning to resort to solar. In March of last year, Dutch government agency, Rijkswaterstaat, which is part of the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, and ProRail, the operator of the national railway network, announced they were making land and water surfaces available for the installation of ground-mounted and floating PV plants, as well as projects from other renewable technologies.

At the time, both agencies said they were planning to complete the analysis of their respective potential for large-scale wind and solar projects by the end of 2017.

The Netherlands’ installed PV power is expected to grow from around 2.9 GW currently, to 20 GW by 2035, according to the National Energy Report (Nationale Energieverkenning 2017 – NEV), published by Dutch research institute, Energieonderzoek Centrum Nederland (ECN) in October, in partnership with the Dutch Central Office for Statistics (CBS).