Building solar collectors and wind turbines on land is becoming difficult in more and more places. This is due to space constraints, the power grid being full, or stricter rules, the Dutch Environmental Assessment Agency said on Thursday.
“Wind and solar park projects are now regularly delayed or cancelled, where previously this rarely happened,” PBL wrote. For example, for the first time in recent times, solar parks have not been built despite the granting of subsidies.
The PBL project finds that sustainable energy plans face problems in about half of the regions, for example due to a lack of place to install wind turbines. The overcrowded electricity grid also plays a major role; As a result, there is a queue for new connections.
Another factor is uncertainty about subsidies. For example, it is unclear what will happen if the SDE++ scheme for wind and solar projects expires in 2025. Furthermore, there will be stricter rules regarding wind turbines. Mills should be located away from built-up areas.
The outgoing Cabinet also decided that ground-based solar collectors are almost only permitted on rooftops of houses and commercial buildings, and therefore no longer on reclaimed land and other open spaces, for example. Nature conservation rules are also an obstacle.
However, there was also good news. According to PBL, our country is working to generate between 34 and 44 terawatt hours of electricity by 2030 through wind turbines and solar panels on the ground. This means that the target set in the climate agreement has been achieved: at least 35 TWh by the end of this decade.
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