The German state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern generates 120% of its electricity from renewable sources, according to a new publication.
“We cover more than 120 percent of our electricity needs from renewable energies and thus are far ahead of all federal states. Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania has become in 2013 the final exporter of green electricity. The main reason for this is the development of wind turbines on land and in photovoltaics,” explained Rudolf Borchert, energy spokesman for the SPD parliamentary group (the Social Democratic Party). This party is for economic growth that is environmentally sustainable. Borchert is also Chairman of the Committee on Energy, Infrastructure and Regional Development.
Reportedly, there are over 1600 wind turbines in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and over 4,000 employees locally working in the wind power industry or related fields.
Companies such as Nordex Energy GmbH, KGW Schweriner Maschinen- und Anlagenbau GmbH,EEW Special Pipe Constructions GmbH, Eikboom GmbH, DMR Mechanische Werkstätten GmbH, RMT Maschinenbau GmbH, and Torgelow GmbH make their home there as well.
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern is the least densely populated state in Germany and has three of the country’s national parks. There are also hundreds of nature conservation areas. Because it has such natural abundance, it is one of the top tourist destinations for Germans. One analysis pegged the number of foreign visitors at about 335,000 per year.
About 1.6 million Germans live there year-round. This northern state is just about 80 miles north of Berlin. Of all the German states, it has the longest coastline and over 2,000 lakes. If that isn’t impressive enough, there are also many castles.
Recently, it was reported here on CleanTechnica that another Germany state is also generating a lot of clean energy. In fact, there are so many clean energy sites now throughout Germany, a tourist guidebook for them sold out in its first printing.
It seems very sensible that there would be such an interest in developing clean energy sources in such a rich natural setting. It might be long before you see another article with the title, “Renewables in German State Supply 100% of Electricity.”