Noord-Holland Zuid achieves quarter of sustainable energy generation goal

The energy area of Noord-Holland Zuid has promised under the Regional Energy Strategy 1.0 (RES 1.0) to create 2.7 TWh of sustainable energy by 2030. According to the RES monitor, this region has met one-fourth of its goal since the summer of 2021.

On land, the North Holland South area produces 0.7 terawatt hours (TWh) of renewable energy. The majority of renewable energy is now produced by onshore wind turbines. The goal is to primarily use solar energy to generate the remaining 75% of sustainable energy. More solar parks and rooftop solar panels are a result of this. The effectiveness of solar panels has increased recently because to technological advancements. As a result, the search locations have a 14% greater chance of producing sustainable energy.

Collaborating to develop sustainable generation

Municipalities, provinces, water boards, developers, and energy cooperatives are collaborating closely within the region to increase the production of renewable energy. The limited space on the power system must also be addressed in light of this increase. How the remaining capacity on current networks can be used more effectively has been evaluated for each search area (areas on land where there is potential for the generation of sustainable energy). We also considered how to combine energy supply and demand, as well as how to group sustainable energy-generation projects. Together with grid operator Liander, this is accomplished.

Area searches

North Holland South has 70 (sub)search areas. These are potential places for the production of wind, solar, or a combination of the two energies. The area also wants to look into the viability of solar energy production on big roofs. The development of the search areas is a joint effort between municipalities and the environment. One of the 70 search regions is now being realized, while the other 38 are in various stages of exploration, planning, and design, including 38. The remaining 23 search regions are still unprepared (yet).

In conclusion, this indicates that 14 search regions out of the 70 are anticipated to be connected between 2023 and 2027. between 2027 and 2030, another two. Investigations are being done to see how and when connections might be made for the other search regions. On solutions, the province, local governments, and Liander are collaborating with the initiators.

The supply and demand for heat were also inventoried using the RES monitor. Municipalities can utilize this data to connect the supralocal heat sources to the neighborhood heat demand. The Heat Data Register contains statistics regarding the region’s heat networks and (renewable) heat supply. Municipalities use this information for the heat transition.

Next actions

The councils of the towns, water boards, and the province are all given presentations on the RES monitor’s findings. Meetings with representatives of the populace, stakeholders, and interested parties are then held to discuss the outcomes. Is the 2030 goal still attainable, or are changes necessary? That is the main topic of conversation at these gatherings. A questionnaire is also sent to collect learning objectives in addition to the meetings. The outcomes of this serve as input for the RES’s progress report, which will be adopted at the start of 2023.

Earlier this month, the RES Monitor for the Noord-Holland Noord energy zone was released. The Noord-Holland Noord energy zone has already produced 2.2 TWh of the 3.6 TWh of sustainable energy that is anticipated to be produced by 2030. Existing and planned generation as well as the pipeline have increased by 13% since the adoption of the RES 1.0. A large portion of the energy is also produced by wind here.

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