Innovation and renewable energy

Recent developments

The most innovative and growing forms of renewable energy are wind and solar energy. In the last five years, solar energy has experienced strong growth, up to 2.2% of the Dutch power supply in 2017. The current government coalition agreement stipulates that more money will go to the SDE+ scheme for large-scale users, phasing out bioenergy and enabling the application of wind energy without subsidies in the short term.

More than 9000 full-time jobs in the Dutch solar energy sector and the import of 13 million solar panels on an annual basis also mean numerous legal opportunities and challenges.

Do you want to know more?

Do you have a question or would you just like to share your thoughts? Feel free to contact Jesse Hartgring.


Cultural differences make expectation management a challenge. The process of obtaining work permits for the Netherlands often requires legal assistance.

Import and distribution

Solar panels are imported (from Asian countries in particular) and distributed in The Netherlands and elsewhere in Europe. Our focus is not on end-users but business to business transactions in the renewable energy field.

How we can help you

If you wish to hire staff from abroad, you will require a work and residence permit. It is possible that your business must first be designated as a ‘sponsor’ by the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND). We can assist your company in this from A to Z.

Trading relationships can best be arranged contractually. Hoens & Souren has several contract law specialists who have a great deal of experience with these types of agreements, from distribution and supply contracts to collaboration agreements and ‘joint ventures’.