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 late 1980s and early 1990s. Up until his death in 2010, Dr. Scheer was one of the most significant and uncompromising proponents of renewable energy sources in Germany and around the world. The law that gave priority to renewable energy sources, guaranteed access to the grid for renewables and included a comprehensive feed-in-tarrif system became known as “Scheers-Law” around the world. Today it has been introduced to some extent by over 60 countries and states around the globe. Since this historic push for a 100% renewable energy supply began, there have been countless developements & success stories in the field of clean energy & energy efficency around the world. But the most important success of “Scheers-Law” is without doubt the commercialization of photovoltaic technology. In the middle of the last decade many companies around the world started to massivly expand their production capacity for silicon & other materials required to make PV-solar systems. This solar gold rush that lead to investments around the globe was mainly driven by demand in Germany up untill recently. The first effects of this developement? Since 2009 the prices for PV-solar systems have fallen by up to 70% and continue to decline. Today industry experts claim that photovoltaic

19 thoughts on “Solar Energy in Germany”

  1. Hi, firstly a great video! ireland has a few things to learn from this example! could you please tell me what song that is on the video.its really caught my attention. 🙂

  2. Well, to be perfectly honest it’s already the slow version 😉
    But I recognize the problem… while I can’t fix this video now, I will keep it in mind for future projects!
    Looking at the March numbers there will DEFINATLY be a video on those.

  3. The idea was to give the impression that wind & solar are significant every day… that’s why I focused on following the rather fast beat of the music.

    Now some people simply enjoy the colorful bars going up.. others try to read the details and get frustrated. I will do better next time… hope you enjoy it anyways. 🙂

  4. I see what you did there with the selection of the hours!

    However, the video is much to fast to actually follow; you need to pause it every time you want to take a look at the numbers! It seems to be designed as a static infographic, but then adapted into a movie-like thing.

  5. Excellent info.
    Wish you would have slowed up the slide show.
    Waaaaay tooooo fast for us older folks. 🙂

  6. Wonderful! Free the people from the reigns of centralized energy sources. I’d love if everyone had a few windmills and solar panels, and plenty of thermal mass in their homes to retain the temperature. We can build an optimized future, with smart free market planning.

  7. Thanks a lot! I was searching for this kind of website. It is cool to follow the actual productions in Germany and Austria. I wish we get this in Holland too.

  8. Excellent video. Thank you.

    Another great source is [Google for] ‘PV electricity produced in Germany. SMA Solar Technology AG’ – this shows real time solar PV production for Germany. Today it reached 16 GW peak output and will be hitting perhaps 25 GW in summer.

    The revolution has begun – and our German friends are taking the lead. I applaud them.

  9. Thanks for the notes…unfortunatly it’s abit difficult to change now. But I will keep that in mind for future videos. 🙂

    I am used to the 24h clock, so putting 12 pm right after 11am naturally made no sense for me. I actually struggle with alot of the non-continental date/time formats. Quite confusing conventions when one is used to different systems 😉

  10. While it is not a 100% complete coverage of all RE, you can check out:

    It’s the transparency platform of the european energy exchange and it shows wind & solar production. What it doesn’t represent is the complete hydro capacity (it’s mixed in the convention-black- bars) and RE from biomass. The later has been growing quite significantly and while I am not sure in which pattern they are feeding in power, it’s should be in the category of 4 GW 24/7.

  11. Amazing. This is an exciting time. Critique: The people icons (I guess they’re supposed to be people) are fat and look like propane tanks.

  12. Cool video. Its amazing what Germany is achieving with RE. I wander if you have a website, like the Denes have, with actual data of RE production in the total electricity mix of Germany?

  13. Amazing, thanks. But I would like to see some sources for the numbers or did I miss something?

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