German Solar Power Strikes Record

Germany steps in to an era of solar power. Last weekend, half of Germany was powered by electricity generated by solar plants. German solar power plants produced 22 gigawatts of electricity which is equal to the 20 nuclear power stations at full capacity and it is a world record.

The nation proves that solar power can be a major power source even in countries that are not all that sunny.

After the Fukushima mishap in Japan,Germany has decided to shut all of its nuclear plants and also vowed to replace them with clean energy sources. The German government established a new feed-in-tariff (FIT) system. As per the tariff, you can buy solar power from producers, large and small, at a fixed rate. Naturally, anyone can buy solar panels, set them up, plug them into the grid, and get paid for it.

Now country’s renewable energy law- the EEG is charging an extra fee for the green energy. But,  Germans don’t really mind this explicit charge.

As per a poll conducted in 2005, 25% of Germans thought that the level of government support for renewable energy should stay the same — and 62 percent thought it should increase! After Fukushima, total 71 percent of German public is ready to pay 20 euros ($29) more per month for clean, non-nuclear power. Well, we think that it is a popular support.

This support may vary from region to region and tends to be influenced by the democracy. We are sure that all countries can follow the Germany path; we can even attain green energy without the burden of increased costs.

By eliminating fossil fuel subsidies or by increasing the subsidies of renewable energy, each nation can produce green energy.

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