A New Dawn

We’ve just had twenty solar panels installed on the roof.

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Apparently, we’ve joined a growing trend in the Netherlands. In 2012, there was 260 MW of energy produced via solar panels – a doubling of what was produced in 2011.

I must admit I get a kick out of watching our electricity meter run backwards – indicating that we are supplying electricity to the national grid (and getting paid for it by the Power Company!), rather than consuming from it.

This is a long term investment – it will probably take ten years to break even, but I’m glad that we’ve done it.

About Geoff Coupe

I'm a British citizen, although I have lived and worked in the Netherlands since 1983. I came here on a three year assignment, but fell in love with the country, and one Dutchman in particular, and so have stayed here ever since. On the 13th December 2006 I also became a Dutch citizen.
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2 Responses to A New Dawn

  1. Ludwig says:

    What provisions are planned for storing energy when in daytime the consumers produce more than is consumed?

    • Geoff Coupe says:

      Our solar panels are connected to an inverter made by Nedap – the Powerrouter. This device can have batteries attached to it, so that it can store excess energy for later local consumption.

      However, here in the Netherlands, that’s not a necessary option. During the day, excess power is fed back into the National Power Grid, and the power company pays me for the electricity that I produce. That’s what we have gone for.

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