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Dutch transmission system operators makes room for more solar


Dutch transmission system operators makes room for more solar

TenneT and Enexis are implementing a series of measures to prepare their networks for more injection of solar power in Netherlands regions of Groningen and North Drenthe.

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 capacity to come online over the next years.

Especially in the provinces of Groningen, which is the northeasternmost province of the Netherlands, and of North Drenthe, in the northeastern part of the country, there are currently around 200 MW of solar projects under developments, which are being built in the frame of the SDE+ program for large-scale solar and renewables, the two operators stressed. These provinces, on the other hand, are among those with the lowest rate of population density, and likely a larger availability of land.

TenneT and Enexis also reveales 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,” the two operators 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.

The Netherlands’ installed PV power, on the other hand, 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 Netherlands’ government has so far allocated around 4.9 GW of PV via all the bidding rounds it held between 2014 and 2017.

Source PV Magazine

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