2020 . 04 . 15 Dutch New Energy Research
85% percent of all EPCs believe that the completion of solar projects could be jeopardised by the corona crisis. They see the deadline for the subsidy scheme for sustainable energy production (SDE+) as the biggest obstacle. This is reported by research agency Dutch New Energy Research in a white paper on the impact of the corona crisis on the Dutch solar sector.
"Projects are delayed due to shortages of materials and reduced availability of personnel," says Rolf Heynen, CEO of Dutch New Energy Research. "If these problems persist for a long time, developers will be stuck with pre-crisis deadlines. Several EPCs in our survey therefore call for the extension of the SDE+ allocation by one year, as proposed by trade association Holland Solar.
In the residential sector, six out of seven installers notice there is less work. This is mainly due to delivery problems and not a total drop in demand.
“Even during this crisis solar panels continue to be a financially attractive purchase,” said Rolf Heynen, CEO of Dutch New Energy Research. “On a rooftop, it’s easy for installers to avoid physical contact with their customers. This means that the renewable energy transition will be able to continue even if social distancing measures have to remain in place.”
As three-quarters of all Dutch solar panels originate from China, the first country to be affected by the virus, supply issues continue to form the biggest worry for the Dutch solar sector. As a precaution 60% of all residential installers have stockpiled materials, but once these run out it will be harder to replenish them. 21% of Dutch manufacturers and 15% of wholesalers indicate on the reference date of late March that their warehouses are empty.
“Mainly due to the supply issues, installers expect the market to hit bottom towards the end of spring,” said Rolf Heynen. “Whether this holds true will depend on which government restrictions remain in place and the effect they will have on the broader economy.”
The full white paper on the impact of the corona crisis on the Dutch solar PV sector is based on research among 101 companies. The white paper is available to licensees of the Dutch Solar Quarterly, and to all respondents to the survey.