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Germany serves as example on coal issue

April 8, 2014

It is appropriate that a major conference on climate change — and what to do about it — is being held this week in Berlin....

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Apr-09-14 6:56 PM

More current data: On Monday, the 15th of April, 2013, the approximate 1.3 million solar power systems in Germany set a new domestic/world record by reaching a peak power output of 22.68 GW at noon.

This new record is almost 0.5 GW above the “old” record of 22.2 GW, which was set on May 25th, 2012. Allthough I love celebrating all solar records, the biggest news might be that “just” 22.68 GW is apparently no longer newsworthy in Germany, because above 15-20 GW of solar have become a regularity.

During the first two weeks of April, solar surpassed the 20 GW mark on several occasions and made a meaningful contribution to the domestic power supply on every single day. For everybody remotely familiar with German or Central European weather conditions, it’s needless to say that it wasn’t all sunshine & cloudless skies in April.

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Apr-09-14 6:29 AM

That doesn't invalidate the editorial's point: the Germans are backing away from "green energy" boondoggles and returning to coal. That number was 30% four years ago. What is it now? And what will it be in 4 years, or 10, or 40?

And when will we learn that "green energy" won't get the job done, now or in the future, and end our own war on coal?

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Apr-08-14 6:52 PM

Different source: Germany set a new world record installing 7,400 MW of solar PV in one year. The country also reached a renewable energy electricity penetration of more than 30% on February 7th, 2010.

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