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June 1, 2012

Peter Droege - 100% Reneweable Energy: More Than Just a Vision

Prof. Peter Droege DI TUM MAAS MIT, General Chairman World Council for Renewable Energy, President EUROSOLAR Professor of Sustainable Spatial Development Institute of Architecture and Planning  University of...[more]

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May 29, 2012

On Monday, the peak price for a megawatt-power of electricity in Germany was around 25% below the price in France

Germany sets record for peak solar power production. On Saturday, Germany set a new record for solar power production, briefly reaching around 22 GW. Today is a public holiday in Germany, so demand remained low over the long...[more]

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May 25, 2012

Solar Impulse takes off on first intercontinental flight

The Solar Impulse, a solar-powered airplane with the wing-span of a jumbo jet, took off from Switzerland today on its first attempt to complete a transcontinental flight. The AP reports: "Fog on the runaway at its home...[more]

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April 23, 2012

Joey's Pizza's 100% Renewable Delivery

Germany's largest fast-food delivery service, Joey's Pizza, has launched a six month pilot program at its Hamburg branch to test electric delivery vehicles powered by renewable sources.The energy company Eon is cooperating with...[more]

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April 17, 2012

Industry and civil society unite in calling for 100% clean energy in Europe

Brussels/Copenhagen – The answer to today’s energy and environmental challenges lies in the creation of a cutting-edge economy underpinned by an entirely clean and efficient energy system, said a broad coalition of engineering,...[more]

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April 12, 2012

Energy Policy Shift Possible and Worthwhile

The medium and long-term goals of the government’s energy policy shift of 2011 will pay off, a comprehensive 329-page study on behalf of the Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU)...[more]

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April 11, 2012

German power producers were paying people to buy their electricity

Renewable power cuts into baseload in Germany Over the weekend, German power producers were paying people to buy their electricity for a short time as baseload power was pushed back. It is a sign of things to come. A few...[more]

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March 27, 2012

Solar Energy in Germany

12 years have passed since the German parliament adopted the "Renewable Energy Sources Act" on the 29th March of 2000 . This law was primarily developed by Hermann Scheer who developed the underlying concepts during the...[more]

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March 9, 2012

The German switch from nuclear to renewables – myths and facts

As a reaction to the nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Japan, starting on March 11, 2011, German Chancellor Angela Merkel's governing coalition shut down roughly 40 percent of the country's nuclear generating capacity in mid-March...[more]

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March 5, 2012

Why Solar Power Spells Doom for Conventional Baseload Power Plants

In 2011, Germany has installed more than 7 Gigawatt of photovoltaics, roughly twice as much as the US over the same time. Since these record statistics were announced, representatives of large power corporations and the economic...[more]

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February 29, 2012

Agreement reached on Germany's solar FITs?

According to a report in the Financial Times Deutschland, the governing coalition has reached an agreement on additional cuts to the country's feed-in tariffs for solar, but feed-in tariffs for all other types of energy remain...[more]

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February 29, 2012

Feed-in tariffs for photovoltaics | What Lomborg gets wrong

In an article published at Slate.com, Danish political scientist Bjørn Lomborg chimes in on how Germany is allegedly abandoning solar. He may not describe the situation in Germany well, but his attempt to do so certainly proves...[more]

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February 29, 2012

Feed-in tariff sees solar panel installation breakthrough

Explosive growth in solar panel installations on homes, schools and fields in the UK over the past 22 months saw the green energy source pass the symbolic milestone of 1,000MW on Wednesday. Since the feed-in tariff...[more]

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February 6, 2012

German power exports to France increasing

The current cold spell in Europe is having an effect on international power exports. On the one hand, demand for heat has skyrocketed, but the clear skies also ensure that photovoltaics reaches relatively high peaks for the...[more]

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February 5, 2012

Germany exporting electricity to France

Germany has shut down many nuclear power plants. France, in contrast, has still a very large nuclear capacity. So one might expect that Germany needs to pull some power from the reliable French nuclear plants to make up for...[more]

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