Climate change has massively affected the melting process of polar icebergs which also leads to rising sea levels. The Netherlands, as a country with “low altitude” that is “connected directly to the north pole” by the North Sea is at risk of rising sea level. Now, the country wants to fight this urgent challenge by turning it into a unique development opportunity. By expanding floating solar plants, solar islands, on the water body. These actions are aimed at fighting against climate change.
According to Solar Power EU, the biggest market segment in the country in 2019 was again the rooftop solar market, with around 40% in the commercial and industry (C&I) segment and an equal share in the residential segment. Currently, the government has taken steps towards balancing the large-scale share with other major segments. Today, the Netherlands is keen to build the largest solar panel island project to date that is currently being developed. It has been set to consist of 15 islands on the Andijk Reservoir in North Holland, 15 floating solar islands, containing 73,500 panels, which will be the first sun-tracking islands of this size in the world, according to Weforum.
As we mentioned in our post (SE 799), the Netherlands achieved the 3rd rank among the EU nations in adding some 2.5 GW solar capacity in 2019. This was 66% higher than the previous year. It also notes that the Netherlands’ solar capacity passed GW-level in 2018, reaching 1.5 GW.
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