06 Sep '11, 3pm

20.8% of Germany's electricity now from renewables. Shows what political will, strong policy does.

Mongabay does a good job summarizing the history of Germany's renewable energy efforts: Over the past decade, wind and biomass have fueled Germany's growth in clean energy. In 2011, however, photovoltaic (solar energy) began driving growth in the renewable energy sector--even though Germany receives roughly the same amount of sunlight as Alaska. Photovoltaic solar power increased more than 76 percent in the past year and now accounts for 3.5 percent of electricity production-- more than hydropower. Considering hydroelectricity contributes only 3.3 percent of Germany's power, the share of solar, wind, and biomass derived energy has grown considerably. Behind all of this renewable energy growth has been strong government support for clean energy and consistent (if not entirely unchanging) policy. Germany's implementation of feed-in tariffs are generally considered to be amon...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/09/20-percent-german...

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