06 Jan '12, 5pm

The future's never looked brighter for the global solar biz

The future's never looked brighter for the global solar biz

Well, for one thing, I’ve reported firsthand on the fact that the German offshore wind sector is growing as fast as humanly possible to fuel the largest wind boom the North Sea’s ever seen . And I did a little Googling, and I soon discovered that in 2011 – a year during which Germany’s solar sector failed, Reuters tells us, to “reignite” – the German grid welcomed 5.9 gigawatts (GW) of new photovoltaic (PV) electricity . Now, it’s true this is 20 percent less than the country’s 2010 total, and Germany ceded the global top spot to (much sunnier) Italy, which added 6.8 GW of solar in 2011. But let’s put those numbers in perspective. The German total is still more solar PV than existed everywhere on earth in 2005; the Italian total – which involved a great many German solar firms and German-made panels – is about the same amount as existed everywhere on earth in 2006.

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