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Vattenfall is more than an energy supplier. In fact, you can also save on your bill by making an investment in your own solar panels. Vattenfall Solar Panels, the best solar panels at the right price. During a technical inspection, an inspector always provides a tailor-made solution, of course in proper consultation.

The step-by-step plan:

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  1. Solar panel check. You can carry out this check yourself at home. Find out whether your roof is suitable, what the investment costs are and, most importantly, what the yields are.
  2. Quote request. Have you submitted a quote for solar panels to Vattenfall? Then they will contact you by telephone. During this conversation the current situation is discussed. Is an extra group needed in the meter box, for example, something that can be included in the quote?
  3. Inspection. If you agree with the quotation the builder will come by for the technical inspection. Can everything be installed as discussed in the quotation? The engineer does the final check and then finalizes the installation plan.
  4. 20% deposit. Before the technicians come to install the solar panels you make a down payment.
  5. Installation in one day. Because the installation can almost always be done in a day, you start saving as soon as possible. Vattenfall already registers you with the grid operator for the feed-in tariff. The installers also explain how the app works, where you can see how many kWh of electricity you generate and what you feed back into the grid.

Advantages of your own solar panels

Having solar panels installed may be quite a large investment. But remember that these panels will last for about 25 years. The panels not only generate power when the sun is shining brightly, but also work when it is cloudy. So you generate your own power all year round.

Depending on your situation, how big your house is and how many panels there are on the roof, you can be completely self-sufficient in electricity. The payback time is about 7 to 8 years. And the VAT you pay on the panels you can ask the tax authorities back. Currently there are also all kinds subsidies to make this investment even easier.

Solar energy for entrepreneurs

As a company, also solar panels on your roof? The benefits for private individuals apply in large part to businesses as well, of course. But there is more. There are tax benefits for your business. In the Netherlands there are three different (combinable) schemes and a subsidy, namely the EIA, MIA and VAMIL, there is also a subsidy, the SDE +.

Energy investment deduction – EIA

This scheme provides an average benefit of 11%. And is for large specifically defined energy-saving investments. To be eligible for this scheme sets the Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland (RVO) various conditions. For example, the investment must be at least €2,500. The investment must also be reported within 3 months after the end of the calendar quarter in which the payment moment has taken place.

Milieu-investeringsaftrek – MIA

De investeringsaftrek kan oplopen tot 36% van het investeringsbedrag via de MIA. Een extra voordeel, want deze komt bovenop de normale investeringsaftrek. De MIA mag alleen gecombineerd worden met de EIA als asbestdaken worden verwijdert.

De MIA en VAMIL worden vaak gecombineerd. In de milieulijst 2020 staan ongeveer 315 investeringen die in aanmerking komen voor deze twee regelingen.

Villegal depreciation of environmental investments – VAMIL

The 75% investment deduction through the VAMIL can be reported whenever you want. This provides a liquidity and interest advantage when it suits you best. Once you as an entrepreneur both remove the asbestos roofs and replace them with a safe new roof with solar panels, you can make use of the EIA, MIA and VAMIL.

Stimulation Sustainable Energy Production – SDE+

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Through the RVO it is possible to make an application if you invest in solar panels. You are eligible for the SDE+ at solar panels with a peak capacity of more than 15 kWh and a large consumer connection.

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How is Vattenfall?

NUON is now called Vattenfall!

Vattenfall is a more than 100-year-old producer of heat and electricity. It is a Swedish company whose shares are 100% owned by the Swedish state. Vattenfall became known in the Netherlands from its acquisition of Nuon in 2009. Nuon announced in 2018 to change its name to Vattenfall Benelux, this name will now also become further known in the Netherlands. So in the meantime Nuon can be found online via: Vattenfall.nl.

The history of Vattenfall in brief

Vattenfall started generating electricity through hydroelectric plants in 1909. And from the mid-1970s they invested in 7 nuclear power plants in Sweden. At the end of the last century, Vattenfall took advantage of the economic liberalization in Europe to buy electricity companies in Germany and in Poland. Thus, it came to own not only German nuclear power plants but also the highly polluting lignite power plants.

As the German government decided in 2011 to close all nuclear power plants by 2022, Vattenfall’s strategy had to change. Also the increasing pressure from society to close the highly polluting and CO2 producing lignite plants led to a new strategy. In 2015, all lignite power plants were sold. Vattenfall is now focusing on renewable energy, basically again as they started in 1909 with the hydropower plants. The strategy now is to be fossil-free in one generation. In addition to wind farms, they also invest heavily in solar energy.

Windmolens, windenergie Nuon Vattenfall

Nuon as (retail) subsidiary of Vattenfall

Vattenfall has had little luck with Nuon to date. Purchased at the top of the market for a total of EUR 10 billion, the loss in book value has risen to EUR 4 billion after various write-downs. This is mainly due to the low electricity prices, so that it is hardly profitable to run power stations, especially those fuelled by gas. Many power plants are therefore regularly shut down, especially when there is a lot of wind and the sun is shining so that electricity from Germany is almost free and in some the customer is paid to take over this renewable energy.

Wind farms

Nuon too is now making the turn to renewable energy by investing heavily in wind farms in the Netherlands. They now have 14 wind farms, one of which is at sea. There are now 175 wind turbines there but that number is going to rise sharply. There are now 9 wind farms under development and Vattenfall made history by winning the tender in 2018 for an offshore wind farm off the South Holland coast without any government subsidies.

Whether this will be a profitable investment the future will tell. Many wind farms are developed with a prognosis that the ever larger wind turbines will be able to produce electricity at ever lower cost prices. There is no question of horizon pollution at this wind farm, Hollandse kust Zuid. The wind turbines are 22 km off the coast and are therefore invisible from the beach.

City heating

In addition to wind turbines and solar energy, Nuon is investing in district heating projects to transport residual heat from industrial companies, power stations and greenhouses to businesses and homes in the city via an underground heat network. District heating. This saves a lot of CO2 and is an alternative to natural gas. Nuon now supplies district heating to more than 124,000 homes and 1,800 large-scale consumers.