Published on March 19th, 2013 | by Joshua S Hill0
SOLAR 2013 To Explore German Solar Policy Innovations
March 19th, 2013 by Joshua S Hill
Germany has often been touted as a world-leader in solar development and industry, and the American Solar Energy Society (ASES) are solidifying that opinion by inviting to German solar-representatives to speak at its National Solar Conference, SOLAR 2013.
Held in Baltimore over April 16 to 20, the ASES conference intends to explore German policies and financial incentives behind the rapid growth in the country’s renewable energy installations.
They will be welcoming Jochen Flasbarth, President of the German Federal Environment Agency, and David Wedepohl, Markets & Communications Director of German Solar Industry Association to speak at the conference.
One need not search far on CleanTechnica to find evidence of Germany’s prowess in the renewables industry. But there are a few standouts from the past few weeks;
- In January, the German Environment Ministry announced that the country had installed a record amount of new solar power in 2012, totalling 7.6 gigawatts (GW) of new capacity
- The German Wind Energy Association (BWE) and VDMA Power Systems (VDMA PS) announced in a report that Germany had installed a total of 2,439 megawatts (MW) and 1008 wind turbines in 2012
Finally, CleanTechnica’s Editor in Chief, Zachary Shahan, wrote up an important collection of “10 Huge Lessons We’ve Learned From Solar Power Success In Germany” that is an absolute must read.
The fact of the matter is, Germany has had insane success in the solar industry arena. And there’s a lot that we can learn from the country (many other countries have already done so).
Boulder, CO, March 14, 2013 — The American Solar Energy Society (ASES) welcomes Jochen Flasbarth, President, German Federal Environment Agency, and David Wedepohl, Markets & Communications Director of German Solar Industry Association at its annual National Solar Conference, SOLAR 2013, in Baltimore, April 16-20. ASES will explore the German policies and financial incentives that have led to rapid growth in the country’s renewable energy installations, exceeding the expectations of policy analysts and investors around the world.
On Thursday, April 18, Jochen Flasbarth will join Bill McKibben, founder of350.org, in a plenary session on Climate & Resiliency. Other speakers include Alice LeBlanc, former head of the Office of Environment and Climate Change at American International Group (AIG) and Patricia Hoffman of the Department of Energy, Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability. Behind Germany’s rapid development of renewable energy is a goal to cut greenhouse gas emissions 40% by 2020. That goal is linked to producing 35% of electricity from renewable sources by 2020 and 80% by 2050. German goals also include reduction in fossil fuel imports and sustainable economic growth.
David Wedepohl will speak on “Building the Solar Industry” on Friday, April 19, along with Rhone Resch, head of the Solar Energy Industries Association; Tony Clifford, CEO of Standard Solar; and Laura Jones, a partner at Hunton & Williams and an expert on tax incentives for renewable energy. Wedepohl will also participate in a panel session that explores which German policies might be appropriate in the United States.
The key driver behind the rapid expansion of renewable energy in Germany has been the Feed-In-Tariff (FIT), a long-term contract guaranteeing revenue for solar producers over a twenty-year time-period. The FIT, which pays more than the retail cost of electricity, has encouraged hundreds of thousands of German farmers and homeowners to earn income by owning grid-tied solar. Because the country has focused on eliminating red tape and cumbersome permitting requirements, the cost of a PV system in Germany is half what it is in the United States. Germany’s solar industry now employs upwards of 300,000 people, more than its auto industry.
About the American Solar Energy Society
Established in 1954, the nonprofit American Solar Energy Society (ASES) is the nation’s leading association of solar professionals and advocates. Our mission is to inspire an era of energy innovation and speed the transition to a sustainable energy economy. ASES leads national efforts to increase the use of solar energy and other sustainable technologies through the publication of the award-winning SOLAR TODAY magazine, the ASES National Solar Tour – the largest grassroots solar event in the world, and the the ASES National Solar Conference. For more information about ASES and the SOLAR 2013 conference please visit http://www.ases.org/solar2013.
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