07 Jul '11, 1am

Should California adopt the German solar model?

Should California adopt the German solar model?

When it comes to certain things -- luxury cars, beer, chocolate -- we should just acknowledge that the Germans did it better than us first. This teutonic skill extends to solar power, where a tariff system ensures Germans pay less for solar energy than we do. But that doesn't mean we can't copy them, and if we do, comparatively sunny places like California stand to gain even more than cloudy Deutschland. Newly installed solar photovoltaic (PV) projects in California were paid an average of approximately $0.34 per kilowatt-hour (kWh) last year, according to a privately commissioned study. Germans paid substantially less, taking into consideration the amount of solar energy their country receives. Germans paid an average of $0.38/kWh for the first six months of 2011, according to data from the country's grid manager, the Bundesnetzagentur . If the Golden State applied German...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/solar-power/2011-07-06-should-califo...

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