• Independent Dutch solar analyst Peter Segaar of Polder PV website believes Netherlands added more than 1 GW of solar power capacity in 2018
  • With 1.3 GW to 1.5 GW of solar power capacity installed last year, the European country’s cumulative capacity crossed 4 GW
  • Total capacity securing guarantees of origin from Certiq in Netherlands at the end of 2018 reached 1,523 MW

Netherlands may have connected to the grid around 1.3 GW to 1.5 GW of new solar PV capacity in 2018, taking the country’s cumulative installed solar power capacity to over 4 GW at the end of 2018, according to estimates of Peter Segaar who runs Dutch solar news portal Polder PV.

According to his analysis, large scale solar power projects registered with state-run company Certiq that issues guarantees of origins (GOs) for renewable energy production, grew to 1,523 MW at the end of 2018. In December alone, 125.5 MW was certified in the form of 189 new solar projects.

In 2017, Netherlands installed 700 MW solar PV capacity according to the Centrall Buraeu voor de Statistiek (CBS), which took its cumulative to 2.7 GW. The estimate of Dutch commercial platform company Solar Solutions was higher – it said last year that 2017 additions added up to 853 MW (see Netherlands’ Cumulative PV Capacity Hits 2.7 GW). Segaar believes 2017 installations totalled 768 MW, resulting in a cumulative capacity of 2,903 MW.