20 May '12, 2pm

Power Play — German Energy Revolution Video

Power Play — German Energy Revolution Video

The video is not, however, without its problems. For instance, the German word “Förderung” is repeatedly translated as “subsidy,” which properly translates into German as “Subvention,” not Förderung, which more properly means support or simply funding . The Germans avoid calling feed-in tariffs “subsidies” for good reason – they are not subsidies. Rather, feed-in tariffs specify a minimum price that utilities must pay producers of green power. Similar government-mandated pricing exists in many countries for a wide range of products and services – from books to medicine. Furthermore, one homeowner is quoted as saying that his return on his solar roof is 2-3 percent, which is particularly low for Germany, where the ROI is closer to 5-7 percent. Nonetheless, the video is highly recommended and very well done

Full article: http://cleantechnica.com/2012/05/20/power-play-german-ene...

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