TUESDAY 29 NOVEMBER, 2011 |
Germany's Millionth Solar Power System Installed
21 years after an ambitious program was launched in Germany to promote the
uptake of solar, the nation's 1 millionth solar panel array has been installed.
According to the German Solar Industry
(BSW-Solar), the one millionth system to be connected to the mains power grid is
on the rooftop of Institute for Sports Equipment Research and Development in
The Association says this year the nation's photovoltaic capacity is expected to
have grown by around 5 gigawatts.†
Solar power systems in Germany currently supply around 3 percent of the nation's
gross electricity consumption and by 2020, solar panel supplied electricity will
account for at least 10 percent of consumption.
Germany's solar PV capacity as of May 2011 was estimated to exceed 18,000 megawatts (MW).
Germany's largest solar farm is the Finsterwalde Solar Park at 80.7 MW capacity.
The German love affair with solar power has been primarily driven by the
country's pioneering efforts in feed
, a system where owners of systems are paid for electricity
produced by their solar panels. Under a gross model, such as that in Germany,
all power produced receives a premium and under a net arrangement, only
electricity surplus to that used by the building upon which a solar power system
installed receives the payment.†
Germany, while having half the sunshine resources of Australia, far exceeds the
solar production capacity of our country due its generous, uniform and stable
feed in tariff program. It's been Germany's embracing of PV based solar energy
that is partly responsible for the lower
costs of solar components
"Significant price reductions for solar power systems have been made possible by increases in production volume and by technical advances. Already in
the near future, the generation of solar power will become one of the most affordable energy forms out
there," said GŁnther Cramer, President of the German Solar Industry Association.
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