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Published on May 16th, 2014 | by Zachary Shahan


Now This Is A Renewable Energy Rally…

May 16th, 2014 by  

renewable energy rally Berlin

You’d think that a world-leading renewable energy country like Germany — a country that recently saw about 75% of its electricity production coming from renewables (at noon last Sunday) — wouldn’t need big rallies for renewable energy. Ah, but you’d be wrong. Everywhere renewable energy is growing fast, it is threatening extremely rich energy industries. Money has influence on politics all over the world, so that means renewables need strong citizen support to keep growing.

That said, since renewable energy is 1) owned by a much larger number of people, and 2) so much better for society as a whole, once renewable industries start growing, citizen support and action just gets stronger.

Take a stroll through these videos below to see how totally awesome a renewable energy rally in Berlin, held last Saturday, was:

Holy cow. That looks like fun. 😀

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  • No way

    If they keep this up maybe they will soon be in the top half in the EU-28 of energy coming from renewables. But more importantly hopefully they will be using less fossil fuels and get out of the coal burning top list and start closing coal power plants at a rapid pace.

    • LookingForward

      They allready have closed a lot of coal. The problem is, coal is cheaper now then gas in Europe, partly because of the Ukranian problem and partly because there is a lot of coal in Germany and the rest of Europe.
      I think we will see 100% renewable production of consumption in Germany before all coal will retire, if that hasn’t allready happened…
      But I don’t think there will be any new plans coming for future coal, I think it will just be the plants that here allready and some that are allready being build/retrofitted, when contracts end they will retire.

  • This article has ithe distinct air of being preachy, almost evangelical towards renewable energy, something that makes the industry seem like it’s supported by a bunch of “tree hugging hippies”. In fact, increasingly is being run by those who see the economic value of renewable energy stead of fossil fuel production.

    • 1) We’ve published over 5,000 articles on solar energy, over 2,000 articles on wind energy, and nearly 8,000 articles on all types of clean energy combined. Needless to say, we’ve published articles of just about every stripe and color. 😀

      2) The clean energy revolution isn’t made up of one type of people at all. It’s made up of just about every type imaginable. Inclusive, not exclusive.

      3) I wrote the article to fit the mood of the event and the atmosphere of this website. Evangelical? Maybe. The site’s name is CleanTechnica.

    • Bob_Wallace

      Hate to break the news to you, but the industry owes its existence to tree-hugging hippies.

      The hippies, in particular the ‘back to the land’ folks are the ones who used and pushed for renewable energy. Now that they have done the heavy lifting those who see economic opportunity are jumping in.

      (And that’s OK. We want fossil fuels gone. If big business is how we get there we can live with that.)

  • Omega Centauri

    German solar uptake has gone down to a quarter of what it was a couple of years ago. The story in Italy and Spain is similar. It is needed indeed.

    • LookingForward

      The difference between Germany and Italy and Spain, is that Germany is fast approaching 100% peak renewable production of consumption, which is good, but if they want to transission to 100% renewable they will have to ramp up new storage capacity to more then new renewable capacity. The german government saw that problem coming, so they decided to divest incentives from renewables to storage, that’s why Germany has less new renewable capacity then a couple of years ago.
      You will start seeing a storage and EV boom in Germany in the next couple of years.

      • Omega Centauri

        Very well put. Spain & Italy was due to economic conditions, while Germany’s due to concerns about integration (of that much power) onto the grid. I also feel that lots of PV isn’t suited to the German climate (too much seasonal variation, as well as too much day to day variatione). Better to add lots more wind, than to build up huge PV capacity.

        I hope you are right about the EV and storage boom.

        • LookingForward

          It will probably happen when Tesla starts it’s first gigafactory, which Tesla will probably start building this year and they it take 2/3 years to build and will cause a price drop in batteries of about 30% according to Tesla.

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