29 February 2016


Top 25 largest solar PV projects in The Netherlands

Author: Kristiaan Versteeg

Top 25 Last year's situation Current situation
Total size [MW] 19.83 MW 35.90 MW
Average project size [MW] 0.79 MW 1.44 MW
Leading developers (by number of projects developed in the considered timeframe) Oskomera (5x), Oskomera (3x), SolarAccess (3x),
Solarcentury (3x) Siemens/ Engie /Scheuten Solar (2x)
Leading owners (by number of projects developed in the considered timeframe) Nuon (4x), Eneco (2x) Eneco (3x), Nuon (2x), Engie (2x), Electrabel (2x)
Leading regions 1. Zuid-Holland: 7 projects 1. Zuid-Holland: 9 projects
2. Noord-Holland: 4 projects 2. Brabant: 6 projects
3. Brabant/Gelderland: 3 projects 3. Gelderland: 4 projects
Division project types Field: 3 Field: 6
Roof 23 Roof 19
Floating: 0 Floating: 0

Looking at this table, there are several things to highlight. The first noticeable fact is that the total size of the 25 largest plants, and therefore the average project size as well, has almost doubled compared to last year. In 2015, several large projects have been realized, such as the new number one on the list, a 6 MW PV plant on the island of Ameland.

In terms of specific developers and owners there are no clear parties that seem to dominate the utility-scale solar segment. There are some returning names though, like [now bankrupt] solar installer and developer Oskomera Solar Power Solutions, who were frequently represented in the top 25 both last year and this year. Developer Solarcentury is still developing a substantial amount of projects in the Netherlands, but not really represented that prominently in the top 25 of largest projects, since they’re primarily focusing on smaller scale projects. Project developer SolarAccess, however, is making good progress on interesting projects and is the rising star in this overview. When it comes to project owners, Nuon and Eneco appear to be heavily involved in big solar projects. But on the whole, ownership and development are distributed pretty evenly amongst a large number of parties, with few companies being involved in more than one project.

When we look at the type of projects, we can see that both last year and this year, rooftop projects dominate the top 25. Still, the number of ground-mounted PV plants has in fact increased and its share in the top 25 has grown, causing a slow shift in the division between these two types of projects. Where there was still one co-op project featured in the overview last year (as visible in the file available for download) this category has now disappeared from the top 25. This is mainly due to the fact that while in general project sizes continue to increase, community-based projects tend to keep to a smaller scale. The leading regions in terms of large scale projects are shifting somewhat as well. Though Zuid-Holland keeps its first spot in the top 3 of regions, Brabant and Gelderland have strengthened their positions.


The Dutch PV market continues to be a dynamic market full of new trends and shifting circumstances. There is still a lot of room left for growth - especially due to new opportunities, solutions and technologies - and this is expected to remain the prospect for the upcoming years. For now it will be exciting to see the year 2016 evolve as the year during which the first Dutch multi-megawatt projects will be realized. As always, we’ll be the first to keep you posted!

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