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On Tuesday, February 12, about 75 real estate professionals were welcomed to Hotel Okura by the Zoncoalitie to emphasize the importance of solar energy in the real estate market and to accelerate the Dutch energy transition. Experts from various perspectives talked about how to make real estate sustainable in a profitable way by means of solar energy.
The seminar took place in Hotel Okura Amsterdam, a building that is also on the path to solar energy together with the Zoncoalitie. Speakers from different angles came from collaborations with, among others, ING Real Estate Finance, Eversheds Sutherland Netherlands, Cushman & Wakefield and A.S.R Real Estate. Together they emphasized the collective importance of solar energy on real estate to achieve the 2030 climate goals. Vastgoedmarkt was also in the audience and published two articles after the seminar: Energy performance is worse than labels suggest about the financial benefit that can be achieved with solar panels on office buildings and investing in solar panels is profitable on the direct and indirect value effects of investments in solar energy.
Review of the program
The first speaker, Lizzy Butink (Sustainability Manager at ASR Real Estate), underlined the relevance of the Dutch real estate world in the transition to sustainable energy: ‘Nature offers all the potential, it is about how innovative we are to apply this’, she said.
Hein Wegdam (Director of Sustainable Real Estate Products at ING) mentioned the financial aspects of a successful solar energy project. “25 to 30 percent of the total energy consumption of offices is waste.” There is a lot of return to be made on real estate by means of solar energy and it is a good solution for obtaining a better Energy Label.
The Legal aspect was highlighted by Michel Chatelin from Eversheds Sutherland. He talked about the three financing options for solar panels on roofs: self-use, lease or rental of the roof. Also discussed were regulations that are important with regard to the connection to the public grid.
Jaap van ‘t Hul (Associate Valuation and Advisory at Cushman & Wakeeld) emphasized that the subsidy SDE +, which the property owner uses the advantage of, was more favorable in 2018. It is therefore important that there is speed behind the investment in solar energy. “You can calculate the direct value effect of solar energy. Not the indirect value effect, the lack of market evidence, but that too is clearly positive. More favorable conditions apply to the financing of a sustainable building and a sustainable building is more common. ”
In closing, Alex Muhring of Zoncoalitie emphasized that it is in the interest of the real estate owner to keep the cards in hand before a provider is chosen. By first properly determining what the business case is for a particular object, it automatically becomes logical for which structure, type of technology and provider can be chosen. Zoncoalitie is the national organization that does not deliver itself, but advises owners independently in making the choices. She assists in applying for the SDE subsidy and mapping out the possibilities of the object or portfolio in question and is a specialist in the multiple private tendering of solar projects. Zoncoalitie works on a No-Cure-No-Pay Success Fee basis.