Germany leads the world in clean energy: solar power plants generate as much electricity as 20 nuclear power plants.

  • KissTheSky

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    May 29, 2012 2:45 AM GMT
    Of course this can't happen here in the U.S., where corporations basically control our government through massive donations/bribes, so our energy "policy" remains strangled by fossil fuel interests. Still, it's great that other countries are leading the way -- too bad it's not us.

    From Reuters:

    German solar power plants produced a world record 22 gigawatts of electricity per hour - equal to 20 nuclear power stations at full capacity - through the midday hours on Friday and Saturday, the head of a renewable energy think tank said.

    The German government decided to abandon nuclear power after the Fukushima nuclear disaster last year, closing eight plants immediately and shutting down the remaining nine by 2022.

    They will be replaced by renewable energy sources such as wind, solar and bio-mass.

    Norbert Allnoch, director of the Institute of the Renewable Energy Industry (IWR) in Muenster, said the 22 gigawatts o f solar power per hour fed into the national grid on Saturday met nearly 50 percent of the nation's midday electricity needs.

    "Never before anywhere has a country produced as much photovoltaic electricity," Allnoch told Reuters. "Germany came close to the 20 gigawatt (GW) mark a few times in recent weeks. But this was the first time we made it over."

    The record-breaking amount of solar power shows one of the world's leading industrial nations was able to meet a third of its electricity needs on a work day, Friday, and nearly half on Saturday when factories and offices were closed.

    Government-mandated support for renewables has helped Germany became a world leader in renewable energy and the country gets about 20 percent of its overall annual electricity from those sources.

    http://af.reuters.com/article/energyOilNews/idAFL5E8GQ1LQ20120526?sp=true
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    Oct 15, 2012 7:19 PM GMT
    KissTheSky saidOf course this can't happen here in the U.S., where corporations basically control our government through massive donations/bribes, so our energy "policy" remains strangled by fossil fuel interests. Still, it's great that other countries are leading the way -- too bad it's not us.

    From Reuters:

    German solar power plants produced a world record 22 gigawatts of electricity per hour - equal to 20 nuclear power stations at full capacity - through the midday hours on Friday and Saturday, the head of a renewable energy think tank said.

    The German government decided to abandon nuclear power after the Fukushima nuclear disaster last year, closing eight plants immediately and shutting down the remaining nine by 2022.

    They will be replaced by renewable energy sources such as wind, solar and bio-mass.

    Norbert Allnoch, director of the Institute of the Renewable Energy Industry (IWR) in Muenster, said the 22 gigawatts o f solar power per hour fed into the national grid on Saturday met nearly 50 percent of the nation's midday electricity needs.

    "Never before anywhere has a country produced as much photovoltaic electricity," Allnoch told Reuters. "Germany came close to the 20 gigawatt (GW) mark a few times in recent weeks. But this was the first time we made it over."

    The record-breaking amount of solar power shows one of the world's leading industrial nations was able to meet a third of its electricity needs on a work day, Friday, and nearly half on Saturday when factories and offices were closed.

    Government-mandated support for renewables has helped Germany became a world leader in renewable energy and the country gets about 20 percent of its overall annual electricity from those sources.

    http://af.reuters.com/article/energyOilNews/idAFL5E8GQ1LQ20120526?sp=true


    Heh - oops. Be careful what you wish for -
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/germany/9609777/Germany-facing-power-blackouts.html
  • tazzari

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    Oct 15, 2012 10:51 PM GMT
    And they're way ahead with efficient houses: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Passive_house
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    Oct 15, 2012 10:53 PM GMT
    tazzari saidAnd they're way ahead with efficient houses: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Passive_house


    Still not much use if they're sitting in the dark. That said, green energy for them and much of europe has always been more about energy independence from Russia.
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    Oct 15, 2012 11:32 PM GMT
    What do they use for electricity at night? Or do they just go to bed early?