Exponential growth in the Dutch solar market will culminate in 4GW being installed by 2020, research claims.
A study by the National Action Plan for PV,an industry group of installers, utility companies and think tanks, says the growth will be a result of the fall in module prices and the liberalisation of the off-grid market in the Netherlands.
The potential for long-term installation capacity is 100GW. At present, the Netherlands has a capacity of approximately 900MW.
In 2013, an estimated 60% of Dutch small and medium-sized enterprises are claimed to be already benefitting from unsubsidised off-grid solar power to generate electricity.
In addition, in 2020, the number of full-time jobs in the Dutch solar industry will rise to approximately 10,000 and in 2050 to about 40,000. At the end of 2012 the number was 1,500.