In 2019, The Netherlands created 18% more electricity derived from renewable resources than in 2018, with solar power especially displaying a formidable growth in usage–this according to figures coming from national statistics office CBS.

Green electricity – that generated from wind, solar and biomass – accounted for 18% of the nation’s power supplies in 2019, as compared to 15% in 2018, says the CBS. Wind turbines comprised 49% of the total figure, solar panels 24%, and biomass 26%.

In spite of comprising less than a quarter of green energy production, solar panel capacity increased substantially in 2020, with solar farms and roof panels producing 40% more electricity than during the year preceding. Regardless, The Netherlands will probably not attain EU targets regarding total green energy use.

To reach EU targets, approximately 14% of energy produced in the Netherlands should emanate from sustainable sources by the conclusion of 2020. Yet the government’s planning agency PBL reveals that Dutch sustainable energy production will comprise no more than 11.4% of the total supply.

Electricity only covers a portion of Dutch energy needs.

The CBS also states that it expects energy bills to lower by €170 annually on average in 2020 due to changes in the energy tax and the cost of supply.