10 Jan '12, 9pm

Germany Installs More Solar Panels in December 2011 Than US Did All Year

Some more astonishing stats on the progress Germany is making on solar power thanks to good, steady and predictable renewable energy policy: Greentech Media shares the astonishing fact that in the month of December alone Germany installed 2 GW of solar PV. For the whole of 2011, Germany installed 7 GW. The US managed to install 1.7 GW in the same time period—which isn't to knock US installation rates so much as to further highlight the massive Germany push to install more PV before the feed-in tariff for it drop as planned. Greentech Media characterizes the news: That's good news and bad news. Good news because there is still demand for solar and Germany is amazingly efficient at deploying solar panels; bad news because it reveals the market distortions provoked by subsidies and fading subsidies. There's a bit of market fundamentalism in that for sure. If all subsidies wer...

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