Solar power in Germany

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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 25 May 2012 and Saturday 26 May 2012, the head of a renewable energy think tank has said. Norbert Allnoch, director of the Institute of the Renewable Energy Industry in Muenster, said the 22 gigawatts of solar power fed into the national grid on Saturday met nearly 50% of the nation's midday electricity needs.

This is the result primarily of two factors:

  1. After Fukushima, Germany is shuttering all of its nuclear plants, but has vowed to replace them with clean energy sources.
  2. Germany has a Feed in tariff (FIT) system — which requires utilities to buy solar power from producers, large and small, at a fixed rate—that has fueled the nation's solar boom.

Anyone can buy solar panels, set them up, plug them into the grid, and get paid for it.

Germany has proven that solar power can power the world's most industrious and advanced nations, replacing fossil fuels and nuclear power.

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