According to data from the Nationaal Klimaat Platform, the share of renewable energy in the total demand for electricity in the Netherlands was approximately 49.6% in the first half of this year.
The Netherlands’ Nationaal Klimaat Platform has reported that solar energy accounted for about 18.9% of the country’s electricity demand in the first half of 2023.
Solar energy had the largest share of renewable energy sources throughout the period, followed by onshore wind (14.2%), offshore wind (8.6%), biomass (7.8%) and hydropower (0.1%). The share of renewable energy sources in the total amount of electricity was 49.6%, while in the previous year it was about 43%.
The the agency said the increase in the share of renewable energy was mainly due to a decrease in total electricity consumption throughout the first half of the year. It noted that clean energy may soon surpass the 50 percent mark, as more wind and solar farms are expected to come online by the end of this year.
The increase in renewable electricity production did not lead to negative prices, the agency said, adding that demand from neighboring countries helped prevent such a scenario from happening.
The Netherlands can reach 100-180 GW of total solar capacity by 2050, according to a new report by Netbeheer Nederland, the Dutch association of national and regional electricity and gas grid operators.
The country’s cumulative installed PV capacity reached 16.5 GW at the end of June 2022, according to the latest figures from the National Statistics Office CBS. According to it, the state installed 3,803 MW in 2021 and 3,882 MW in 2022.