29 Jul '12, 5am

25 Years After First Solar Restaurant, Germany Breaks 25% Renewable Energy Barrier

25 Years After First Solar Restaurant, Germany Breaks 25% Renewable Energy Barrier

Rappenecker Huette /Promo image Guests enjoy a pause for beer or a meal at the Rappenecker Huette, Europe's first solar restaurant; Inset: Solar panels on restaurant roof (Frauenhofer Institute ) 25 years to 25 percent. A good start towards Germany's aggressive renewable energy goals. According to German law (pdf) , renewable energy shall account for: 35% of the electricity production by 2020, 50% by 2030, 65% by 2040, 80% by 2050. 25 Years of Solar Family Fun On the 27th of July, the Rappenecker Hütte celebrated its 350-year anniversary (how's that for sustainable ?) as well as 25 years since it became Europe's first solar powered restaurant.Hiking in the countryside ranks among the top hobbies in Germany, so many small businesses offer refreshments in areas that are well away from the power infrastructure. A diesel power generator supplied the Rappenecker Hütte until it ...

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