Nuclear power is gaining popularity but solar remains on top

2019 . 11 . 28

Nuclear power is gaining popularity but solar remains on top

Compared with last year, twice as many Dutch consumers support an increase in nuclear energy capacity in the Netherlands according to research conducted by Dutch New Energy Research. Wind and solar capacity expansions remain the most popular options to support the future energy mix amongst Dutch consumers. 

Compared to other alternative energy sources, nuclear energy rises one rank in popularity and becomes the 7th most popular energy source for the future energy mix. This increase comes at the expense of biomass, ground-mounted solar energy and heat pumps, which have decreased significantly in popularity. Solar energy on roofs continues to lead the ranking, two out of three respondents have a positive attitude towards this source of energy generation.

The solar energy market has shown strong growth in recent years. "The residential solar energy market in the Netherlands is growing at a fast and stable pace", says Rolf Heynen, director of Dutch New Energy Research. "The Netherlands is a European leader with the number of households investing in solar panels on roofs”.