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Germany now produces slightly over 20% of all its electricity from renewable sources.

photo: Jason /CC BY-ND Germany's strong push in renewable energy over recent years is paying off. According to Der Spiegel (via Mongabay ), Germany now produces 20.8% of its electricity from renewable sources. That's an increase of 15 percentage points since 2000, with an an increase of 2.5 percentage points in the last year alone. In the wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, Germany has planned to phase out all of its nuclear power by 2022, setting the goal of having 35% of its energy from renewable sources by 2020. 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...

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