In the wake of the Fukushima disaster, relentless pressure from the fossil fuel industry, construction of innumerable coal fired power stations and the idiotic pursuit of tar sands and fracked gas, there is a spark of light and hope in the depths of the dark. Germany.
On the 25 - 26 May 2012 German solar power plants produced a world record 22 gigawatts of electricity – equal to 20 nuclear power stations at full capacity – through the midday hours of Friday 25th and Saturday 26th.
The record-breaking amount of solar power shows one of the world’s leading industrial nations was able to meet a third of its electricity needs on a work day, Friday, and nearly half on Saturday when factories and offices were closed….
Germany has nearly as much installed solar power generation capacity as the rest of the world combined and gets about four percent of its overall annual electricity needs from the sun alone. It aims to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 40% from 1990 levels by 2020.
Who said renewable energy can’t work. Congratulations to Germany, the German government, German Industry, the German peoples and most importantly German vision. A guiding path, for each and every one of us.