Germany led the world for the number of solar installations during 2012. This relatively small European nation added 7.60 GW of capacity to the grid. Then their numbers started going downward: 3.30 GW of new solar capacity in 2013; 1.56 GW in 2014; 1.4 GW in 2015. As of October 31, only 0.79 GW of new capacity has been added this year. Germany’s critics are once again hailing the imminent demise of this nation’s renewable revolution. What happened to Energiewende?
One of the European leaders of “Mission Innovation” announced the launch of a €230 million energy project yesterday. Sigmar Gabriel, Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, unveiled SINTEG (Schaufenster intelligente Energie/ Shop window for intelligent energy) a key part of the digitalization of Germany’s economy.
For several years now, Germany has been a model of renewable development. I recently joined a group of editors visiting some of the sites. This morning’s program is the second in which I ask them about their experience: Lessons from Germany – Part 2, Zach Shahan.