ON Green Energy Policy

By producing 22 gigawatts of solar power per hour, German rooftops supplied 50% of the country’s electricity needs on a sunny Saturday in Mai.

ON-green-policy! Just for the record, Germany is no developing nation with a majority of the population off the grid, but one of the most developed country with a very energy intensive economy and living style. And, I might add that conditions for solar panels – even on a sunny day – are nowhere as favourable as in large parts of the US. Granted, the demand is lower on a Saturday but even on a working day, solar panels now cover up to one third of electricity. This very impressive feat was not free of charge of course but amid still rising fuel prices and environmental concerns of alternative power sources, these costs will likely be paid back rather quickly. Already today, Germany saves billions on not imported fossil fuels, lower health costs and not to be constructed nuclear power plants and has additionally created many jobs in the solar industry. Clearly, Germans including a majority of their politicians have a commendable long-term vision and the right instruments in place to make them a forerunner in renewable energy production. Now, they should apply the same virtues and go ahead in constructing the future proof transition lines that can transport the ever rising amounts of renewable energies.

Source: Inside Climate News

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