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Published on July 20th, 2012 | by Thomas Gerke


Original Video: Renewable Energy in Germany 2012

July 20th, 2012 by  

Sometime ago, I was asked in a comment how common photovoltaic systems are in Germany today. So, I thought I would make a little video to answer that question once more. Some of the clips were recorded in April, but most of them just a few days ago.

Since the year 2000, Germany has developed from a pro-renewable energy country into a renewable energy powerhouse aiming for a complete transformation of its energy system.

In Germany, most of the renewable energy capacity is owned by individuals or community power projects. In this grassroots energy revolution, millions of households, villages, and even entire regions have already declared their partial or total energy independence by becoming independent power producers. This is driven by the concept of energy autonomy, of not being dependent on multinational corporations or energy sources that destroy the world that future generations have to live in. It was made possible by policy frameworks that enabled and encouraged people to invest in renewable energy sources and enforced market access by removing obstacles that prevent renewable energy projects around the world to this very day.

This video tries to show how this bottom-up push toward a 100% renewable energy system looks. Enjoy the video!

Renewable Energy in Germany 2012!

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is a close observer of the scientific, political and economic energy debate in Germany and around the globe. Inspired by the life's work of the renewable energy advocate Hermann Scheer, Thomas focuses on spreading information that showcase the possibilities & opportunities of a 100% renewable energy system. Though technology is key for this energy shift, he also looks at the socio-economic benefits and the political, as well as structural barriers.

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