Schlagwort: renewable energy

Robust implementation of 2030 National Plans is key to deliver EU targets

The NECP process aims to ensure the EU meets its 2030 targets for greenhouse gas emission reductions, renewables, energy efficiency and electricity interconnectors. The EU Commission will monitor the progress towards these targets.

Wind wins lion’s share in Italian renewable energy auction

Wind won 406 MW of the 425 MW awarded in an undersubscribed auction – 500 MW were on offer. The primary reason for the undersubscription is Italy’s cumbersome and lengthy permitting process

A majority of EU countries support green recovery plans for Europe

Governments around Europe should align their stimulus and recovery packages with the long-term vision of the EU Green Deal. And create a cleaner, healthier and more resilient Europe.

Europe can achieve climate neutrality before 2050 with 100% renewable energy system

A 100% renewable energy system enables the EU to become climate neutral before 2050 in the most cost-effective manner
A 100% renewable energy system in Europe will lead to sharpest decline in GHG emissions, down to zero by 2040
Solar power is set to generate more than 60% of EU’s electricity by 2050
To achieve this goal, EU energy system needs high rate of electrification and sectoral integration

New Study: 100% Renewable Energy across Europe is More Cost Effective than the Current Energy System and Leads to Zero Emissions Before 2050

As climate discussions are underway among global leaders at COP24, the annual United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) conference, a new report released Tuesday showcases the feasibility of a European energy transition to 100% renewable sources. The new scientific study shows that the transition to 100% renewable energy will be economically competitive with today’s conventional fossil fuel and nuclear energy system, and lead greenhouse gas emissions to zero before 2050. The study’s financial case for an energy transition becomes even stronger when taking into account significant projected job growth and the indirect economic benefits for health, security, and the environment, that were not factored into the study.

European Parliament gives final green light to new EU 32% renewable energy target

The European Parliament today gave its final approval for a binding EU-wide renewable energy target of 32% for 2030. The Parliament cast its final vote of adoption on the Renewable Energy Directive and Governance Regulation, two key parts of Europe’s Clean Energy Package that sets the EU legal framework for renewables up to 2030. Today was the Parliament’s final vote on a political deal that was reached back in June. Ministers from the 28 Member States will now give the rubber stamp. Then the Directive and the Regulation will become law.

New Danish Energy Agreement: good deal and clear visibility for wind industry

Last Friday the Danish government and parliament reached an agreement on a new long-term energy policy that will run to 2030.

The Energy Agreement will get Denmark to 55% of renewable energy by 2030. This means all of its electricity and heating needs will be generated by renewables.

The deal includes new commitments for the build-out of offshore wind. Three new offshore wind farms with a capacity of at least 2.4 GW will be built in the next decade. The first of those offshore wind farms will be tendered in 2019-2020 and commissioned between 2024 and 2027.

Leading corporate buyers & clean energy suppliers join forces to unlock huge untapped renewable energy sourcing opportunities in Europe

Google, Microsoft, IKEA Group, BT, Danone, Amazon, Enel Green Power, Engie, RES, Novartis, Iberdrola and Facebook, Inc. have become Steering Group members of the RE-Source Platform, which pools resources and coordinates activities to promote a better framework for corporate renewable energy. The companies were announced today at the official launch of the Platform during the EU Sustainable Energy Week. These major corporate energy users and supply side companies were highlighting the growing demand for clean energy and the need for clear and enabling policy frameworks.

“As the world’s largest corporate buyer of renewable energy, we are excited to support the RE-Source platform to accelerate the growth of renewables in Europe.”– Marc Oman, Senior Lead, Energy and Infrastructure, Google.

WindEurope CEO welcomes momentum on renewables target, calls for ambitious delivery measures

Europe’s energy ministers met yesterday in Luxembourg to find common ground on the Renewable Energy Directive, a key part of the Clean Energy Package. It’s clear now that there is political momentum behind more European ambition for renewable energy.

Spain, Lithuania, Sweden, Italy and Portugal all put their weight behind a 35% renewable energy target for 2030. Others also called for a more ambitious target than the European Council’s official position of 27% shifting the dynamics in the discussion ahead of a crucial trialogue with the European Parliament tomorrow.

A lot to still play for as Clean Energy Package reaches crunch time

As negotiations on the EU’s Clean Energy Package reach crunch time, a lot is still up in the air for wind energy. With a critical Energy Council meeting on June 11 and a final meeting on June 13, where a deal is due to be struck on the Renewable Energy Directive, a key part of the Package, there has been headway on some points but others are still to play for.

Most notable is the 2030 renewable energy target. The European Council has moved on from its original target of 27%. The Council has now tabled two options: 30-31% or 32-33%, each with conditions attached. The Parliament meanwhile has made a counter-offer of 34, one percentage point lower than its official position of 35%. The difference between 27% and 35% is 132,000 jobs and €92bn of investments in wind energy alone.

Global Renewable Generation Continues its Strong Growth, New IRENA Capacity Data Shows

By the end of 2017, global renewable generation capacity increased by 167 GW and reached 2,179 GW worldwide. This represents a yearly growth of around 8.3%, the average for seven straight years in a row, according to new data released by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Renewable Capacity Statistics 2018 is the most comprehensive, up-to-date and accessible figures on renewable energy capacity statistics. It contains nearly 15,000 data points from more than 200 countries and territories.

Can European funds help support cross-border cooperation on renewables?

WindEurope called for a European approach to the deployment of renewable energy deployment at a workshop organised by the European Commission on Thursday. The workshop explored how the EU’s financial framework for 2019-2023 can be aligned with the new post-2020 renewable energy laws, the so-called Clean Energy Package.

The Package – currently under negotiation and due to be wrapped up by the end of 2018 – sets out different options for cross-border cooperation. These include opening up national support schemes or setting up a European financing platform, whereby countries pitch in to a common fund for renewables projects in case the bloc fails to reach its 2030 target.

European Parliament paves the way for increased ambition on 2030 renewable energy laws

WindEurope today congratulated the Industry Committee of the European Parliament for backing a binding target of at least 35% renewable energy for 2030 and more stringent renewable energy laws.

Members of the European Parliament voted this morning on the Committee’s position on the post-2020 Renewable Energy Directive, steered by Spanish MEP José Blanco López. The Committee made important improvements to the original European Commission proposal. These also include: visibility to investors on public support for renewable energy deployment; a reinforced investment protection clause; and an improved framework for Guarantees of Origin and corporate renewable Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs).

Wind and solar could power business all over Europe

The private sector accounts for around half of Europe’s electricity consumption. Powering corporate consumers with renewable energy could deliver massive reductions in CO2 emissions, save businesses money and make it easier for people to invest in renewables.

Large energy consumers such as chemical and aluminium producers, ICT and food & drink companies gathered in Brussels today with renewable energy producers to consider how to unlock this potential. The RE-Source 2017 event brought together industry leaders such as Google, Mars, IKEA and Alcoa with energy players EDF Energies Nouvelles, ENEL Green Power, Envision and Vestas with policy makers.

The volume of ‘Corporate Renewable Power Purchase Agreements’ (PPAs) – which allow companies to purchase renewable energy directly from an energy generator – almost tripled in Europe in 2016, with over 1 GW of capacity contracted. Globally, more than 100 top companies have now committed to procure 100% renewable elegctricity via the RE100 initiative,together accounting for 150 TWh of yearly consumption.

Large energy consumers hungry for green power

Google, Norsk Hydro and Facebook are leading the growing trend of major companies looking to secure reliable and competitive power from renewable energy and reduce the risks associated with fossil fuel-based power supply. 100 top companies including leading industrial players are already committing to procure 100% renewable power in the short term through Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs)

Evolution of Wind Power Over the Years

The team behind Breeze has just released an interactive infographic showing the cumulative installed wind power capacity per country, continent and the world as a whole between 1997-2016. Building 300 GW of capacity in 17 years is an amazing accomplishment for an alternative* energy source and there is more to come! But don’t take our word for it, try it out for yourself. *Alternative energy was the term energy experts used to dismiss renewable energy sources as experimental.

WindEurope talks auctions for South East Europe

WindEurope participated in a one-day workshop on auctions organised by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the Energy Community Secretariat in Vienna. The workshop aimed to provide guidance to the Energy Community members on the key elements for efficient auctions and to present best practices from around the world. Participants included the European Commission, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, government and industry representatives.

Wind in power: 2016 European statistics

Europe installed 12.5 GW of gross additional wind capacity in 2016. This was 3% less than the new installations in 2015. With a total installed capacity of 153.7 GW, wind energy now overtakes coal as the second largest form of power generation capacity in Europe.

2016 annual figures

12.5 GW of new wind power capacity was installed and grid-connected in the EU during 2016, a decrease of 3% compared to 2015 annual installations. 10,923 MW were installed onshore, and 1,567 MW were installed offshore.

11 companies call for investor protection in the EU: Statement of the Investment Protection Coalition

The signatories of this declaration gather investors in the energy sector, who share the conviction that the rule of law principle underpinning investor protection is one of the European Union’s key advantages in the global competition for quality investments. All too often, this principle has failed investors in recent years.

While the industry acknowledges the need to adjust regulatory frameworks over time to respond to declining technology costs and market developments, retroactive changes are a misguided answer and erode investor confidence in the EU energy infrastructure sector where costs are sunk from the moment of the investment and there is very limited ability to improve profitability thereafter. Accordingly, investors in the space have no choice but to expect long-term regulatory stability for renewable energy plants. Thus any regulatory change should be concerted, non-retroactive, non-discriminatory, and avoid any legal gaps that would undermine investor certainty.

The renewable energy sector has provided many examples of sharp policy reversals since 2011. These range from retroactive tariff cuts for existing investments in Spain, Romania, the Czech Republic, Greece, and Italy, to abrupt policy reversals and rapid withdrawal of support to projects under construction or development in Finland and Poland. The EU’s lack of action in these cases has led investors to bring legal claims in national courts, and increasingly in international arbitration under the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) which was created and spearheaded by the EU in the 1990s. 50 investor – state disputes have been recorded in the last three years under the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT), with Spain alone facing more than 25 lawsuits.

People can power the energy revolution

Over half of citizens in the European Union could be generating their own renewable electricity by 2050, according to new research released today.

The research outlines the potential for citizen-owned renewable energy projects in Europe, where 264 million “energy citizens” could generate 45% of the European Union’s electricity needs by 2050 – as part of a democratised energy system.

Molly Walsh, community power campaigner for Friends of the Earth Europe, said: “This shows that people have the power to revolutionise Europe’s energy system, reclaiming power from big energy companies, and putting the planet first. We need to enshrine the right for people to produce their own renewable energy in European and national legislation.”

Renewables associations call on EC to model higher RES targets

To maintain global leadership in renewables, Europe should now make a firm and resolute commitment to a flourishing and vibrant domestic renewable energy market by 2030. The European renewables industry calls on the European Commission to factor in higher renewable energy ambition in the post-2020 Renewable Energy Directive.

China Wind Power Blows Past EU – Global Wind Statistics release

Record Chinese installations drive global market past 63 GW

Powered by an astonishing 30,500 MW of new installations in China, the global wind power industry installed 63,013 MW in 2015, representing annual market growth of 22%. The US market reached 8.6 GW on the back of a strong fourth quarter surge, and Germany led a stronger than expected performance in Europe with a record 6 GW of new installations, including 2.3 GW offshore. Total global capacity reached 432,419 MW at the end of 2015, representing cumulative growth of 17%.

“Wind power is leading the charge in the transition away from fossil fuels”, said Steve Sawyer, Secretary General of GWEC. “Wind is blowing away the competition on price, performance and reliability, and we’re seeing new markets open up across Africa, Asia and Latin America which will become the market leaders of the next decade. Wind power led new capacity additions in both Europe and the United States, and new turbine configurations have dramatically increased the areas where wind power is the competitive option.”

As a result of its extraordinary annual market, China has edged past the European Union in terms of total installed capacity, with 145.1 GW to the EU’s 141.6 GW. The Chinese government’s drive for clean energy, supported by continuous policy improvement, is motivated by the need to reduce dependence on coal which is the main source of the choking smog strangling China’s major cities, as well as growing concern over climate change. Elsewhere in Asia, India chalked up a respectable 2,623 MW, pushing past Spain into fourth place in terms of cumulative capacity, after China, the US and Germany; and Japan, South Korea and Taiwan added some new capacity as well.

Offshore wind energy in Germany: Figures 2015 – Record achieved due to catch-up effects

Offshore wind turbines with a total capacity of 2,282.4 megawatts went on grid 2015. This demonstrates the capability of the German offshore wind industry and meets the expectations expressed at the beginning of 2015. This will however initially remain a unique record, as it is based on the catch-up effects of grid connection.

The industry considers reliable, continuous expansion as a basis for more climate protection and value creation more important in the long term than any one-off records. To achieve such continuity it is necessary that the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) 2016 and the Offshore Grid Development Plan (O-NEP) 2025 are properly coordinated.

546 offshore wind turbines, with a total capacity of 2,282.4 megawatts went on grid in Germany last year. This brings the total number of turbines connected to the grid by 31 December 2015 up to 792, with a combined capacity of 3,294.9 megawatts. A further 41 wind turbines with 246 megawatts of power were fully erected in the past year, but are not yet feeding in to the grid.122 foundations were build offshore in 2015, for wind turbines to be installed in 2016. These figures have been published by Deutsche WindGuard in its Status of Offshore Wind Energy Development in Germany, commissioned by the Working Group for Offshore Wind Energy (AGOW), the German Wind Energy Association (BWE), the German Offshore Wind Energy Foundation (SOW), VDMA Power Systems and the German Wind Energy Agency (WAB).

According to the working group AG Energiebilanzen, offshore wind turbines produced over 8 terawatt hours of electricity in 2015. This is enough to cover the power consumption of over 2 million households or around 1.4 percent of the gross electricity generation in Germany.

EWEA presents market design vision at OECD event in Paris

Europe must rewrite the rulebook governing electricity markets, European Wind Energy Association Chief Executive Officer Giles Dickson said at the UN climate summit today.

Speaking at a side event organised by the OECD, Dickson said that power markets must be reformed so that electricity can be traded at the closest time to production through so-called ‘intraday markets’.

He also argued that cross-border electricity trading should be facilitated and additional revenue streams for renewable energy generators such as grid support services – otherwise known as ancillary services – should be developed to supplement the energy-only market.

“Wind energy is capable of providing additional services such as voltage and frequency control, but these elements are not yet adequately rewarded,” Dickson added.

Wind power to serve a quarter of Europe’s electricity demand by 2030

Wind power can meet a quarter of Europe’s electricity demand by 2030 if Member States deliver on climate and energy pledges, according to the latest forecasts by the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA).

Over the next 15 years, EWEA expects wind power installations in Europe to reach 320GW of capacity, which could serve 24.4% of electricity demand across the region. Today, Europe’s 128.8GW can meet over 10% of European power consumption in a normal wind year.

Kristian Ruby, Chief Policy Officer of the European Wind Energy Association, said: “Wind energy will be the backbone of the European power sector when we reach the end of next decade.”

With 254GW from onshore wind and 66GW coming from offshore installations, the European wind industry will provide up to 334,000 direct and indirect jobs by 2030 in the most feasible scenario.

EUROSOLAR and WCRE condemn US and Shell Oil’s barbaric collusion to push for Arctic drilling

EUROSOLAR and the World Council for Renewable Energy call for an immediate end of all new oil exploration and especially drilling in the Arctic Waters of Alaska, currently to focus of an unbridled attack by US authorities colluding with a profit hungry oil oligopolist, Royal Dutch Shell.

European Council requested to stay focused on renewable goals

According to Dr. Dörte Fouquet, the Director of EREF, Donald Tusk overstepped the balance and his role as President of the European Council by promoting shale gas and nuclear development while neglecting renewable energy and energy efficiency when discussing the Energy Union in today’s Council meeting.

Instead of supporting the good work of the European Commission concerning its framework strategy for an EU Energy Union, Tusk seems to intentionally undermine the Commission`s efforts “to make the EU the world number one in renewable energies”.

EREF’s President Savvas Seimanidis urges all members of the European Council to not get distracted by gas, nuclear and shale gas – related issues, which would only perpetuate the current energy system with all its problems and shortcomings. He notes that “Instead, we expect our decision-makers to be courageous and agree on bold measures to push renewables as the critical means for a stable, secure, affordable and democratic energy system for the European Union, a system which generates jobs and wealth and helps expanding and pacifying access to energy around the world”.

It is time to develop a phase out plan for the nuclear and coal sector in Europe, adds Vice President Rainer Hinrichs-Rahlwes. “Subsidies for nuclear and coal as well as envisaged high investments for the diversification of gas supplies should better be used for the necessary system transformation and to finance related profound infrastructure changes”.

Heads of State miss the chance to back renewable energy in Europe

European Heads of State missed the opportunity to set an ambitious target for renewable energy in the 2030 climate and energy framework.

The European Council’s decision to set an EU-binding target of 27% showed a lack of ambition to improve Europe’s energy security. Governments also ignored calls from the renewable energy sector and European business leaders for a nationally-binding target of at least 30%.

Thomas Becker, chief executive officer of the European Wind Energy Association, said: “The 27% target is disappointing and is contrary to the incoming Commission’s plans to make Europe the world leader in renewables,” adding that, “the EU urgently needs to put in place a legal and regulatory framework for renewable energy for the post-2020 period.”

“A governance structure will send a signal that Europe is open for business on renewables and will contribute to the region’s competitiveness, security and position in the global technology race,” he said.

Furthermore, uncertainty remains over the enforceable nature of any national renewable energy objectives as Member States are themselves expected to define their commitments to collectively deliver on the EU-wide objective.

For the wind industry, this clarity is crucial with financiers needing long-term regulatory stability and visibility from national governments.

The Council’s decision to set a non-binding interconnectivity target also shows a lack of aspiration.

Becker said: “The interconnectivity target is bewildering given the current political challenges Europe is facing. We’re in the midst of an energy crisis with Russia holding Member States to ransom over gas supplies. Yet Heads of State see fit to trot out a meaningless target that will do nothing to improve connection in the Iberian Peninsula or the security of supply in the Baltic States, let alone allow an internal energy market to develop.”

Becker added: “On GHG reduction, this weakens the position of the EU for the climate talks in Paris next year. I can’t understand how Member States are going to reach this target and who is guaranteeing that this is not just an empty shell. I can assure you that the other climate negotiators are very good at finding the holes in the cheese.”

Global decline had little effect in Denmark

In 2013, Danish wind companies experienced a slight overall decline in turnover and exports. Despite this, the Danish wind industry still performed better than the highly challenged global wind market. The Danish Wind Industry Association’s recently published industry statistics show a decline in 2013, but 2014 will bring back industry growth, says the Association.

The recently published report outlines the performance of the large group of companies in the Danish wind industry in 2013, where the global market for new wind energy installations dropped 26 pct. compared to the year before. In the report, the Danish Wind Industry Association presents a decline in Danish exports by 6.9 pct. in 2013. In the same year, the report also shows a fall in the revenue of 1.6 pct., which ended on level with previous years at approx. 80 billion DKK.

“In a global perspective, companies in the Danish wind industry got well through 2013. When looking at the general market decline, Danish wind companies actually outperformed several other competitors, and it is noteworthy that the Danish industry almost managed to maintain its revenues, “says Jan Hylleberg, CEO, Danish Wind Industry Association.

Exports saw a greater decline than revenue with a 7 pct. decrease from 52.3 billion DKK in 2012 to 48.7 billion DKK in 2013. In the Danish wind industry, 61 pct. of the turnover was exported against 64 pct. in the year before.

“In addition to the large drop in the international market, the fall in exports of almost 7 pct. happened due to the extraordinary large number of activities in Denmark last year. In 2013, Danish manufacturers and companies had a larger than normal domestic focus with the commissioning of the Anholt wind farm, which meant that fewer items were exported. Therefore, the decrease is quite understandable,” says Jan Hylleberg.

Wind makes up less than 5 % of Danes’ electricity bill

In 2013, tariffs supporting wind energy made up 4.6 pct. of Danish utility bills – a slight increase from 2 pct. in 2012. Calculations by the Danish Wind Industry Association show that the increase can be attributed to Denmark’s largest offshore wind farm, which was completed in 2013.

In March 2012, the National Energy Agreement was approved with broad political support for an ambitious green restructuring of the Danish energy system toward 2020. The agreement defines the framework and targets for future Danish renewable energy expansions. With the agreement, the financial support for renewable energy continues to be paid over the Danish electricity bills through the Public Service Obligation tariff (PSO).

The collective PSO tariffs amounted to 5.3 billion DKK in 2013, which corresponds to 7.9 pct. of the total electricity bill for an average Danish household. 3.1 billion DKK of the PSO tariff went to wind energy, which forms the backbone of the Danish government’s green energy plan, where wind is to deliver 50 pct. of Danes’ electricity in 2020.

“Looking at the PSO figures from 2013, we see that average Danish households paid almost 8 pct. of their electricity bills to the transformation of the Danish energy system. Just over half of that, 4.6 pct., went to support wind energy. 4.6 pct. is a small part of the total electricity bill, however a very important part, as it contributes to the reformation and development of Denmark’s energy supply,” says Jan Hylleberg, CEO of the Danish Wind Industry Association.

Support for wind increases
In 2012, the fraction of the PSO tariff going to wind was 44 pct. and amounted to approx. 2 billion DKK. The share paid to wind energy was 4 pct. of the electricity bill for an average Danish household in 2012. Comparing the figures from 2013 with 2012, both the total tariff costs and the wind share increased. This increase happened for a good reason and on the basis of political decisions, states Jan Hylleberg:

“Wind is the cheapest form of renewable energy in Denmark, which is why this energy source naturally attracts more investments. Wind energy is also the cheapest way in which the goals for Denmark’s green transition are best achieved. In 2013, Danish households are to a larger extent than in 2012 contributing to the transformation of the Danish energy system through their electric bills, because we are now sourcing even more energy from wind.”

Industry statement on a 2030 EU climate and energy framework

Today, eight European companies call for a strong 2030 EU climate and energy framework based on mutually reinforcing tools and targets, including an ambitious and legally binding target for the share of renewable energy in the energy mix of more than 30%.

Collectively, the group represents 176,000 jobs and over €250 billion annual turnover and is providing European cleaner generation technologies, equipment and energy to more than 70 countries worldwide.

Need for a clear investment signal

Europe must remain on the path it has chosen. 2030 is already at our doorstep. The energy sector has long investment cycles, and investment decisions in the EU’s liberalised energy markets need as much policy certainty as possible.

A stand-alone, stable and predictable 2030 framework with an ambitious binding renewables target alongside an ambitious binding greenhouse gas reduction target and a robust CO2 price is key to minimising costs.

Mutually reinforcing and coordinated targets will significantly minimise uncertainty, lower investment risk, reduce the costs of capital and hence the level of additional financial support needed. This framework will help Europe’s competitiveness by driving innovation and technological leadership, and job creation. It will bring down our energy and electricity bills, and help remove the need for renewable energy support in future. It will help ensure a reliable, low-cost supply of clean energy for Europe’s citizens and industry.

EU Commission: fossil fuel and nuclear subsidies distort market

Subsidies for nuclear and fossil fuels distort competition between different energy sources and increase the overall cost to society of electricity generation, the European Commission states today in a series of non-binding documents on state intervention in energy markets.

“EU taxpayers gave over EUR26 billion to fossil fuels in 2011, the documents show. It is disappointing to see the figure of EUR35 billion subsidy to nuclear energy being removed by the European Commission prior to publication”, stated Justin Wilkes, Deputy CEO of the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA).

“The European Commission is overly focused on renewable energy support mechanisms, while fossil fuels and nuclear continue to get far more public money. The Commission says it will launch a study of subsidy levels across the energy sector, but it must urgently require an immediate end to the huge subsidies given to fossil fuel and nuclear”.

The Commission’s advice to national governments to keep support mechanisms for renewable energy stable and avoid retroactive changes should provide some stability for the wind energy sector. The sector is facing a crisis of uncertainty due to at times retroactive changes by national governments. Such changes have been severely damaging the wind energy industry in many EU countries, such as in Spain and Romania.

One out of ten in Germany is already producing solar power

Around 8.5 million people in Germany are already actively using solar power to generate heat or electricity / Germany is leader in system solutions / Sales abroad playing an increasingly important role

One in ten people in Germany already produce solar power, and more and more people are taking the Energiewende, Germany’s energy turnaround, into their own hands. Today, already 8.5 million people live in buildings that use their own solar power systems to generate electricity or heat. The active use of solar power provides greater independence from rising energy prices and additionally prevents large amounts of carbon dioxide from being released into the environment. In the year 2013 alone, solar power systems installed in Germany will achieve savings of around 24 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions. The German Solar Industry Association (BSW-Solar) published these new figures this Wednesday in Munich to coincide with the opening of Intersolar Europe, the world’s leading exhibition for the solar industry.

In the past two years, solar power has played the leading role among all other technologies in the German Energiewende. The past five years have seen a virtual doubling of the number of people in Germany who live in buildings supplied with heat or electricity from solar power. “People support the Energiewende, and they are increasingly taking it into their own hands. It’s now up to the politicians to resolutely move the Energiewende forward and to utilize the significant readiness of citizens and entrepreneurs to invest in the transformation of the energy supply system,” explains Carsten Körnig, Managing Director of BSW-Solar.

At this year’s Intersolar Europe, over 1,300 companies from around the world will be presenting new products and system solutions. The focus of this year’s exhibition, in addition to ever more powerful and inexpensive solar components, is particularly on technological solutions for storage systems and on the intelligent management of solar power. Increasing numbers of homeowners and entrepreneurs want to utilize the solar power they produce themselves, regardless of time of day and weather conditions; this is why there is such a high level of interest in solar battery storage systems. Since 1 May 2013, solar power storage systems in Germany are eligible to receive support from a new funding program of the KfW bank group.

100 Gigawatts of installed Solar power capacity

Solar power brings about annual savings of over 70 million tons of CO2 / Manifold growth of installed capacity expected by 2020 / Solar industry appeals to international community in Doha for greater utilization of solar power for environmental protection

As a result of the rapid market growth of recent years, the global level of installed solar power capacity is about to surpass the 100–gigawatt mark. This translates into a reduction of emissions of environmentally harmful gases by 70 million tons per year. By 2020, worldwide solar power capacity, and with it the potential benefits for climate protection, will increase five- to sevenfold, according to energy experts.