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The Netherlands is a country in northwestern Europe bordering the North Sea and surrounded by Belgium and Germany. The country has some overseas territories comprising three island territories in the Caribbean Sea—Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba. With a total land area of 41,543 km2, the Netherlands consists of 12 provinces. The capital is Amsterdam and the official language is Dutch.

The Netherlands has a developed economy and is the sixth-largest economy in Europe. The country plays an important role as a European transportation hub, with a consistently high trade surplus, stable industrial relations, and low unemployment. Industry focuses on food processing, chemicals, petroleum refining, and electrical machinery. A highly mechanized agricultural sector employs only 2% of the labor force but provides large surpluses for food-processing and underpins the country’s status as the world’s second largest agricultural exporter.

The Netherlands has significant natural gas resources estimated at 25% of natural gas reserves in the EU. Gas is the major source of heating households and represented 55% of the total power generated in 2018. However, due to the steady depletion of its natural gas reserves in its largest gas basin at Groningen, gas supply is projected to fall short of demand by 2025. Even so, gas is still likely to contribute 30% of power generation.

The government recognizes the need to switch to alternative energy sources for transport and heating. The leading renewable sources in the country are biomass, wind, solar and geothermal and aerothermal power (mostly from ground source and air source heat pumps). The Netherlands also wants to achieve zero carbon (CO2) emissions by 2050. So, the Dutch central government is taking steps to boost sustainable energy production and find smarter ways of using and saving energy.

The Netherlands government has introduced incentives to boost the use of solar energy. These incentives include:

  • An energy tax rebate for households that generate their own sustainable electricity.
  • A Renewable Energy Grant Scheme (SDE+) for businesses and non-profit organizations that produce renewable energy.  Under SDE+ Producers receive financial compensation for the renewable energy they generate. Production of renewable energy is not always profitable because the cost price of renewable energy is higher than the market price. The difference in price is called the unprofitable component. SDE+ compensates producers for this unprofitable component for a fixed number of years, depending on the technology used.
  • Crediting electricity supply to the grid. Up to 2020, households that generate their own electricity can send surplus energy (from their solar panels, for example) that they do not use back to the grid. They then receive a credit for this amount of electricity. The credited rate may vary from one provider to another.
  • Sustainable energy investment grants (IDSE). Businesses and private individuals can apply for a grant to offset the cost of energy-saving equipment such as: heat pumps, solar water heating systems, biomass boilers and pellet stoves. The scheme runs from 1 January 2016 to 31 December 2020. The budget for every grant year is announced in advance.
NFP Details: 

Mr. Said Hakimi

Policy Officer 

Inclusive Green Growth Directorate


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Netherlands government to issue green bonds in 2019

Article on the Dutch government planning to raise between €3.5 billion and €5 billion through green bonds annually. The proceeds will be used for sustainable investments, including renewable energy deployment.


Energie Beheer Nederland (EBN)

EBN  is an entrepreneur in Dutch subsurface on behalf of the State. It executes parts of the climate and energy policy on behalf of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy and is one of the driving forces behind the energy transition in the Netherlands. 


Energy Report Transition to Sustainable Energy

The Report, published by the Ministry of Economic Affairs, provides a long term and comprehensive vision of the energy system of the Netherlands.


Holland Trade and Invest

Holland Trade and Invest is a Government of the Netherlands' portal which gives an overview of the Business environment in the country and provides valuable information for investors. 

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Renewable Energy Schemes

Governmaental webpage that lists all schemes dedicated to RE projects. 

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Energy Investment Allowance (EIA)

The EIA's tax scheme support companies willing to invest in energy-saving technology and sustainable energy.


Governmental portal that provides all relevant information for entrepreneurs. 

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Energy in the Netherlands

This webpage provides data on the Dutch energy system at a glance


The Dutch PV Portal

This website provides publicly accessible information on solar energy in the Netherlands, based on scientific research performed by the Photovoltaic Materials and Devices (PVMD) group at Delft University of Technology.


Open Tender Netherlands

Open Tender is a central, public, and open procurement platform that has been set up to contribute to achieving value for money in public procurement.

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TenderNed is the Dutch government’s online tendering system. All Dutch authorities are obliged to publish their national and European tenders on Tenderned’s announcement platform, so businesses can access all public publications from a single webpage.

Journal Article

Assessment of policy based residential solar PV potential using GIS-based multicriteria decision analysis: A case study of Apeldoorn, The Netherlands

This paper presents a case of the Dutch Postal code Rose policy by developing a method combining geographical information systems (GIS) and multicriteria decision analysis (MCDA), which allows determining the solar photovoltaic potential when fully applying this policy.