The Netherlands generated nearly 8 percent more electricity from renewable sources in 2018 compared to 2017, Statistics Netherlands (CBS) announced late Friday.
The CBS said that electricity production from renewable sources amounted to 18 billion kilowatt hours (kWh) in 2018, compared to 16.7 billion kWh in 2017.
With a share of 55 percent, wind turbines were the largest contributor, followed by biomass at 27 percent, according to CBS.
"Solar panels accounted for nearly 18 percent, against 13 percent in 2017. The share of hydropower in electricity production was limited to 0.5 percent," the office noted.
The share of renewable electricity in total Dutch electricity consumption increased from 14 percent in 2017 to 15 percent in 2018, according to CBS.
The office said that electricity generation from wind power showed a limited increase and rose by almost 3 percent last year, from 9.6 billion kWh in 2017 to 9.9 billion kWh in 2018.
"As Dutch wind farms hardly grew, the increase was limited, just as in 2017. On balance, the capacity of onshore wind turbines rose by 90 megawatts (MW) to more than 3,300 MW. No additional turbines were built at sea, offshore capacity remained at nearly one thousand MW," it explained.
Contrarily, more solar panels established during the same period in the Netherlands, the CBS said, leading to an increase in the solar panel power production from 2.2 billion kWh in 2017 to 3.2 billion kWh in 2018.
"This is an increase of over 40 percent, directly related to the substantially higher established capacity of solar panels. The total capacity of solar panels grew by approximately 1,400 MW in 2018 and is estimated at 4,300 MW," CBS said.
More than half of this increase, around 800 MW, can be attributed to larger installations built on the roofs of buildings and on solar fields, according to CBS, as the capacity of smaller installations, often built on the roofs of houses, increased by around 600 MW.
Meanwhile, electricity production from biomass sources rose by 2 percent to 4.8 billion kWh in 2018.
"Growth was restrained by maintenance of several biomass installations, among other things," CBS concluded.
By Ebru Sengul