Dutch importers selling solar panels to clients in the Netherlands will have to pay a higher recycling fee of EUR 40 per tonne from 1 July. The new rate, which used to be EUR 6.50 per tonne, will apply until at least 2025.
The fee will only be used to recycle solar panels, according to Dutch recycling organisation ZRN. It is meant as an interim measure to ensure stable pricing in the future, when waste streams are expected to grow significantly.
The funds will go towards the OPEN Foundation, a non-governmental organisation tasked with creating a level playing field and compliance with the EU’s WEEE Directive across the recycling industry.
Meanwhile, the Dutch solar energy market is expected to register a compound annual growth rate of over 10% during 2018-2028, according to a new report by Mordor Intelligence.