If the world of solar panels were a magazine, then it was the ‘Story’. There is no sector where sensations follow each other so quickly and ultimately do not offer much.
Examples? In 2013, Europe introduced the ‘Minimum Import Price’ on Chinese solar panels. Panic! The whole sector would go down like the ‘Titanic’…. but that did not happen.
After a dip, the trade came full steam again. Minister Kamp challenged the power grid. Panic, panic, panic; the entire private market would collapse. However, we are years ahead and the market has grown with double digits.
Now we read that the electricity grid can not handle the growth of solar energy. It would be nice, in line with the Story, to speak of a new panic attack, but that is not the case. However, there is new sensation: the anti-climate sect. Fueled by some media, the climate deniers utter half and whole untruths about us.
The climate agreement would force us to eat meat only twice a week; the CO2 reduction will lead to tens of thousands of euros of costs per family; etc. etc. etc. …
A strong counter-sound is useful for arriving at a well-balanced policy, but then the discussion must be based on facts and not on fiction. Almost all climate experts are convinced that we should make maximum use of CO2 reduction. The Netherlands is not a leader in this, we are the second-least green country in Europe. Will climate change ‘take my time’? Two-mile deep drilling in Antarctic ice brought in almost 800,000 years of climate change in 2005. The research showed that radical climate change sometimes took place at lightning speed, in decades.
But there is another urgent reason to engage in the sustainability of housing and energy. Simple: gas becomes more expensive anyway. Our gas would also have run out of the earthquake stop within ten years. If we continue on gas, then we have to import. Or via the North Stream with Putin on the buttons, or with LNG to be supplied with tankers. These alternatives are always more expensive, more dependent and more dangerous. That makes solar energy an attractive and inescapable alternative. Solar energy is clean, in abundance and the technology is still becoming more efficient and cheaper every year.