germany solar power

Two Sides to Every Coin

May 19, 2014 by David Hone

Solar and Measurement

As we near the middle of the year and therefore have, at least in the Northern Hemisphere (i.e. Germany), long days with lots of sunshine, renewable energy statistics start to appear in the media and the renewables distortion field enveloping much of Europe expands just that little bit more.[read more]

US Solar Energy Industry Shines In Record-Setting Third Quarter of 2013

December 12, 2013 by Silvio Marcacci

Setting Solar Records

Solar panels were installed on more American residential rooftops in the 3rd Quarter of 2013 than any other quarter in history, pushing US installed solar capacity over the 10-gigawatt (GW) milestone and potentially ahead of Germany for the first time.[read more]

Germany Sets Another Record: 5.1 Terawatt-Hours of Solar Energy in July

September 1, 2013 by Stephen Lacey

German Solar Energy Record

Germany set a new record in July by providing 5.1 terawatt-hours of electricity from solar, beating its record production of 5.0 terawatt-hours from wind in January. These records are impressive even for a country that owns nearly a third of the world’s solar capacity.[read more]

Proof That Renewables Can Out-Compete Coal

August 16, 2013 by Nigel Morris

Market Prices Changing

Germany’s second largest energy company (RWE) recently made a very stunning admission. Well, the announcement would be stunning if you have head your head stuck in the sand when it comes to the rapid evolution going on in the energy world.[read more]

Germany's Energy Storage Subsidy Is No Solar Miracle

July 25, 2013 by Eric Wesoff

German Solar Energy Storage

In April, we asked if a German subsidy on energy storage could replicate the German solar miracle, but for batteries and energy storage systems this time. The answer is no. In fact, there were fewer than 500 applications for the energy storage loan as of two weeks ago.[read more]

Graph of the Day: German Solar Energy Exports

July 16, 2013 by Robert Wilson

German Solar Exports

Here is a rather obvious cycle: Solar power output goes up during the day, and down to zero at night. Remarkably, Germany’s electricity imports and exports now follow an identical cycle.[read more]

Sunday, Solar Sunday: Germany's Recent Solar Energy Record In-Depth

July 13, 2013 by Thomas Gerke

German Solar Energy

Germany recently broke yet another solar power record when the country’s 1.3+ million PV systems turned a sunny summer day into 23.9 GW of solar power at about 1:30 PM.[read more]

Solar Energy Cheaper Than Coal Foreseen By German Solar CEO

July 11, 2013 by Tina Casey

Solar Energy and Coal

In a new interview with Deutsche Welle, the CEO of a Germany-based global solar developer made a good case for the potential for solar power to become cheaper than coal sooner rather than later.[read more]

Five Cleantech Milestones Worth Celebrating [VIDEO]

May 30, 2013 by Stephen Lacey


We're just five months into 2013, and we've already seen a number of new records in cleantech deployment. Here are five recent stories worth highlighting.[read more]

Solar and Wind Energy: Value in Restating the Obvious about Renewables

May 21, 2013 by Robert Wilson

German solar production

This idea, that you build wind farms where it is windy and solar panels where it is sunny is a curiously controversial one. Some would even lobby accusations of you being “anti-renewables” if you put it forward.[read more]

Energy Finance: German Solar Four Times Higher Than Finnish Nuclear Energy

May 15, 2013 by Alex Trembath

solar vs nuclear energy costs

Germany’s solar program will generate electricity at quadruple the cost of one of the most expensive nuclear power plants in the world, raising serious questions about a renewable energy strategy widely heralded as a global model.[read more]

Bill McKibben Mistaken on German Solar Energy

May 14, 2013 by Robert Wilson

Munich getting half of its energy from solar panels is quite simply impossible, for the simple reason that the majority of energy consumption is not in the form of electricity.[read more]

Solar Energy in Germany: Where the Sun Don't Shine

February 13, 2013 by Rosana Francescato

The Internet was abuzz last Friday with some astounding news: Germany has more sun than the United States! That’s as reported by Fox business reporter Shibani Joshi last week on Fox and Friends, in a statement she’s probably been regretting ever since. In fact, Germany has solar resources comparable to those of Alaska, while our mainland is more akin to sunny Spain.[read more]

Why Germany Owns 1/3 of the World`s Photovoltaics

September 25, 2012 by Tom Schueneman

According to Global Market Outlook for Photovoltaics until 2016 (EPIA, 2011), about 36 percent of the total worldwide photovoltaic capacity is installed in Germany. Apart from Italy at 18 percent, the rest of the world is far behind. The United States is sitting at a mediocre 5th place with 6 percent of the total capacity. Why is it...[read more]

Solar Goliath: Europe Accounts For 70% Of Global PV

September 25, 2012 by Nino Marchetti

The solar power sector is a topsy-turvy one, with companies, subsidies and technologies rising and falling. But there’s no question about what region has been driving a market that, overall, continues to grow: It’s Europe.As of the end of 2011, the Europe Union accounted for 70 percent of the cumulative solar photovoltaic capacity...[read more]