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Lightsource BP has been a member of Holland Solar, the branch association for the solar energy sector in the Netherlands, since 2018. The association was founded in 1983 to represent the interests of the Dutch solar energy sector and currently has around 135 members; not only providers of solar energy systems for rooftops, land and water, but also installation companies that build and mount solar energy systems.
Holland Solar sees its mission, and that of its members, to ensure that solar energy becomes the most important energy source in the Netherlands. The association expects that by around 2050, a third of the total Dutch energy requirements will be generated by solar energy. The association wants to make an active contribution to the discussion about subsidies, legislation and regulations, as well as improving the quality and safety of solar energy systems.
“We think the industry association is particularly important because it enables us to act collectively as a sector with a recognizable and clear vision,” says Adrian Wasiak, Head of Business Development at Lightsource BP in the Netherlands. “We have to unite as a sector to improve the quality of projects and systems. Particularly in the beginning, when the first solar parks were developed, some companies approached the market rather aggressively and did not always complete the projects well. By doing business in a transparent way and by involving all relevant parties in the development of projects, we will create the confidence that is needed to further expand the business.”
As a member of the ‘Local Policy’ working group, Lightsource BP was one of the initiators of the Guidelines for the solar energy sector that Holland Solar is currently working on. “The Guidelines have their origins in nasty stories that were circulating in the market about the development of solar parks”, Wasiak explains. “In the Guidelines, a number of standard process steps are defined and some suggestions are made for proper project development, information sharing and the involvement of local government and residents. We assume that all members of Holland Solar will soon agree on the Guidelines. In this way, membership of Holland Solar also means a kind of quality certificate for the affiliated companies.”
Holland Solar is now working on creating broad support for the Guidelines by involving other branch associations, governmental organizations and environmental associations in the development of the Guidelines. They are expected to be officially presented in the fall of 2019.