Renewable Energy Sources

We see it more often in the countryside: solar panels on farm roofs. The number of solar panels in the Netherlands has been growing enormously in recent years. 3.1 million and 4.6 million solar panels were installed in 2017 and 2018 respectively.

The price of solar panels has also fallen sharply in recent years, making it increasingly interesting for more companies to install solar panels.

As a farmer or grower, you often also have a large roof area available.

What should you look out for if you want to install solar panels on your roof?

1. Subsidy

Although the price for solar panels has fallen sharply, you still need a subsidy in the Netherlands to make the investment in solar panels profitable.

There are 3 subsidy options:

  1. SDE + subsidy
    If you have a large roof surface available that can accommodate more than 50 solar panels and / or you have a large-consumption connection, then SDE + subsidy may be suitable. With an SDE + subsidy, you are guaranteed a 15-year reimbursement per generated kWh. The amount of reimbursement is determined annually on the basis of the price of fossil energy. Is the price of gray electricity rising? Then you will receive less subsidy. After all, you also save more on your own electricity costs. Is the price of gray electricity falling? Then you will receive more subsidy. An SDE + subsidy can be applied for every spring and autumn. Make sure you have the subsidy applied for by an independent organization and that the subsidy is requested for your own company.
  2. Netting scheme / feed-in subsidy
    If you do not have a large-scale consumption connection, you can use the netting scheme. This arrangement means that the return delivery and the offtake are canceled out against each other. This way you can ensure that you no longer have any electricity costs on an annual basis. However, the scheme will be replaced in the short term, probably in 2021, by a feed-in subsidy. What the scheme will look like exactly is still unclear.
  3. Postal code scheme
    With the postal code scheme, known for tax purposes as the Regulated Tariff Regulation, the government makes it possible to generate energy jointly in a project. The scheme offers a 15-year guarantee on an exemption from energy tax for participants in a zip code project. Participants set up a cooperative together and jointly invest in a solar installation, for example on an agricultural roof. In exchange for the investment in the solar panels, participants receive, pro rata, an annual refund of energy tax that they have paid on the energy they use at home. The participants make an appointment with the roof owner about a fee and the roof owner can also co-invest.

2. Mains connection

The generated electricity can not always be used directly in your own company at times when the sun shines a lot. At that time, the power must be supplied back to the grid. There is then a peak load on the electricity network. For large solar panel installations, it is therefore important to contact the network operator at an early stage to explore whether there is sufficient network capacity and what the costs for increasing the network connection will be. In some cases, the costs for grid reinforcement are so high that an investment in solar panels is not financially interesting.

3. Roof construction

With solar panels on your roof you create an additional load on your barn construction. Therefore have the roof construction calculated in time and calculate whether a possible roof reinforcement is financially feasible.

Solar panels the new asbestos?

Solar panels consist of many different components, which are largely glued together because of the weather resistance. To recycle these panels, a separate collection and recycling method is required. That is why various European producers of solar panels have set up PV Cycle. PV Cycle is, in fact, a deposit on a solar panel that finances the collection and recycling of solar panels.Make sure that you understand that too much sun exposure while installing solar panels can cause preaging of your skin. This organization ensures that 96% of the materials can be recovered as raw materials. When purchasing solar panels, ensure that they are connected to the PV Cycle so that the recycling of the panels is guaranteed.