14 Nov '11, 4pm

Germany Announces 15% Lower Feed-In Tariff Support For Solar Power

Take the next one as a textbook example of how to do renewable energy promotion right: Wind-works reports that Germany has announced lower feed-in tariff levels for 2012, 15% below 2011 -- which means that since 2004 support for solar power in Germany, on a price per kilowatt-hour basis, has declined over 57%. How is this doing things correctly? The newly revised feed-in tariff levels are part of planned and well-announced series of decreases, taking place as the dynamics of the renewable energy market in Germany changes and more comes online. By the end of 2011 Germany is expected to install 5,000 MW of solar power. Compare that to the US, where the yearly total should be around 2,000 MW -- and where support for renewable energy is a mishmash of state and federal promotion, all of which could come or go as political winds shift direction. It's not a one-to-one comparison,...

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