Everything you need to know about the netting arrangement
Netting arrangement on Solar panels
Having solar panels is not only sustainable and environmentally friendly, but also extra advantageous due to the netting arrangement. If you have solar panels and you do not use all the electricity generated yourself, you can use this scheme to supply it back to the electricity grid. You will then be paid for this by the energy company. But the government wants to further phase out this scheme.
What does this mean?
What does this mean for you and your solar panels? In the article below you can read everything about the netting scheme and the government plans that are now in place. In addition, we answer three frequently asked questions.
The netting arrangement:
what exactly is this and how does it work?
By making use of the netting arrangement, you can supply the electricity that you generate with solar panels but then do not use, back to the electricity grid. You will then receive the same rate as you pay for electricity yourself.
However, this money is not deposited directly into the account, but settled with the electricity bill: in other words, it is ‘netted’. For example, if you have 1,000 kWh of electricity left this year and you have consumed 4,000 kWh, then you only have to pay for 3,000 kWh on the annual statement. If you supply more power than you used yourself, you will receive an adjusted, lower compensation for the surplus you produce. All in all, the netting arrangement is therefore a very attractive arrangement, which means that you can achieve even more profit from your solar panels.
The future of netting scheme
The netting arrangement:
The government has been wanting to change the netting scheme for some time now. Initially there were plans to start this as early as 2023, but this has been postponed for two years. What the plans currently look like is that the netting scheme will be gradually phased out from January 2025. It is still a proposal, so exactly what the government will do with the scheme has not yet been definitively determined.
The current plans state that in 2025 and 2026 only 64% of the surplus of electricity from solar panels can be supplied back. This percentage will be further reduced until 2031. For example, in 2027 you can still net 55% of the surplus, in 2028 46%, in 2029 37%, in 2030 28%, in 20230 28% and in 2031 nothing at all. The scheme will cease completely from that year and this also applies to all subsequent years. The new government regulation will apply to everyone, so for people who already have solar panels and for people who are going to purchase them.
Three frequently asked questions and the answer
FAQ netting arrangement
Solar panels are becoming cheaper and cheaper, which in turn increases the efficiency. The government therefore believes that the scheme has done its job and has become redundant, because sustainable energy has been stimulated. In addition, of course, financial interests also play a role. For example, the government is missing out on a lot of income in the form of energy taxes due to the netting scheme.
The answer to this question is a resounding yes. Of course, without the netting arrangement, you will recoup your investment in solar panels less quickly. But with the ever-rising electricity prices, it is very worthwhile to generate your own electricity in these times. In addition to the financial benefits, other factors also play a role, such as the environment, added value to the house and a better energy label.
According to the current proposal, the netting scheme will be completely abolished in 2031. Until then, the scheme will gradually be phased out with effect from 2025. However, this is still a proposal, so a definitive answer to this question cannot be given at the moment.