DUTCH SHIFTING FOCUS FROM WIND TO SOLAR POWER IN FUTURE PLANNING

There is much more support for solar energy in the Netherlands than for new wind turbines to be installed, according to the preliminary plans of 24 of the Netherlands' 30 energy regions. If these so-called Regional Energy Strategies (RES) are actually implemented, the ratio between wind and solar energy will switch from 60 percent wind and 40 percent sun, to 20 percent and 80 percent respectively, NOS reports. In order to achieve the goals set in the climate agreement, the Netherlands was divided into 30 energy regions. Each region must submit a draft plan for its green energy future by October 1st. The regions are supported by the National Program, which takes stock of the RES every few months. The most recent inventory, published on Wednesday, shows that solar power is considered a much more popular option than wind turbines.

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