'Government should stimulate solar energy use'

13th March 2008, Comments 0 comments

The Dutch government has not done enough to encourage the use of solar energy and solar heating over the past decade.

13 March 2008

AMSTERDAM – The Dutch government has not done enough to encourage the use of solar energy and solar heating over the past decade. The Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency has written this in a report published Thursday.

Although solar energy contributes relatively little to reducing CO2 emissions in the short term, it could have great potential for the long term.

The available roof surface area in the country could yield enough electricity to cover up to 95 percent of the current electricity demand in the Netherlands and produce enough heat to cover about 20 percent of the current natural gas consumption by households, the report calculated.

The authors of the report say that solar energy is seldom used because it is still relatively expensive. They therefore advise the government to take measures to push down the price of solar energy.

[Copyright Expatica News 2008]

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