Dutch transmission system operators make room for more solar

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Dutch transmission system operators, TenneT and Enexis have announced in a joint press release that they are currently conducting a series of operations to increase the capacity of their respective systems, in order to enable more solar to come online in the next few years.

Particularly in the provinces of Groningen  and North Drenthe – in the northeastern part of the country – there are around 200 MW of solar projects under development, which are being built as part of the SDE+ program for large-scale solar and renewables, said the operators. These provinces are also among those with the lowest population densities and, likely, larger land availability.

TenneT and Enexis also revealed that around another 1 GW of initiatives for large-scale solar projects are currently being implemented in the two provinces. “Capacity issues may arise in the the area around Stadskanaal, Gasselte and Musselkanaal,” they said. “In order to prevent bottlenecks, due to the high volume of potential solar parks, we are now working on appropriate measures in consultation with the government of the two provinces and all of the involved municipalities.”

Overall, installed PV power in the Netherlands 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).

Meanwhile, the government has, to date, allocated around 4.9 GW of PV via auctions it held between 2014 and 2017.