Solar panel capacity up by more than half

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The installed capacity of solar panels in the Netherlands grew by 1,500 to 4,400 megawatt (MW) in 2018. This is an increase of more than 50 percent on the previous year. Growth was stronger among businesses (71 percent) than among homes (37 percent), mainly due to the development of solar parks. This is evident from new figures released by Statistics Netherlands (CBS).

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Last year, approximately 20 percent of the installed capacity at businesses was generated at solar parks (ground-mounted panels), against 9 percent in 2017. There were 22 solar parks in the Netherlands that year, versus 65 in 2018. Most parks can be found in the northern part of the country. The installed solar power capacity is highest in the west.

Installed solar panel capacity
 Total (MW)Solar parks of businesses (MW)Roofs of businesses (MW)Roofs of homes (MW)Total businesses (MW)
20172911 98 1131 1682 1229
20184414 444 1662 2307 2106