Solar power in the Netherlands

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Solar power in the Netherlands has installed 655 MW of photovoltaics as of the end of 2013.[1] Subsidies of 33 euro cents per kWh introduced in 2008[2] had failed to attract much development, but when they were curtailed, Dutch banded together to make large purchases at discount instead.[3]

In 2011, a 500 kW solar array was added to the roof of Rotterdam’s central train station.[4]

A project to add solar panels to roads and bike paths, called SolaRoad, is expected to generate 50 kWh/m² each year.[when?][5] A trial was planned for Krommenie, near the train station.[6]

In 2012 solar capacity more than doubled to 321 MW with new added capacity of 175 MW.[7] According to the Dutch grid operators, solar capacity grew to a cumulative power of 655,4 MW at the end of 2013 [8]

Photovoltaics
Year MWp
2001 20.5
2002 26.3
2003 45.7
2004 49.2
2005 50.7
2006 52.2
2007 52.8
2008 57.2
2009 67.5
2010 88
2011 146
2012 321
2013 655,4

In addition to photovoltaics, solar energy is used extensively for heating water, with 332,217 kW(th) installed by the end of 2011.[9]

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