January 5, 2013

German solar power installations at record high in 2012

Reuters on the German solar power

German solar power capacity grew by more than 7.6 gigawatt (GW) in 2012, which greatly exceeds the 2.5-3.5 GW increase German authorities would prefer over a year. This has forced the government to decrease subsidies on solar power, causing new installations to drop significantly during the fourth quarter of 2012. Businesses and politicians have raised concerns that the fast expansion of subsidised renewable energy might add to consumer costs and become a threat to economic growth, green energy production methods being more expensive than conventional ones. The German Environment Ministry expects an increase of 3.5-4 GW in 2013.


  1. Really enjoying this cartoon.

    I work at a consulting company that covers the PV space, and would be interested in learning more precisely on how you believe that Germany PV is negatively impacting Poland. Would be happy to share my theories as well. You can reach me at scarnhan@photonconsulting.com

    1. I don't really think that Germany´s ambition to exploit sunlight has any severely negative effects for Poland. The comic is simply referencing the ancient European tradition of stepping on Poland to get what you want. In other words, it's only there for comical purposes, glad you like it though :)

  2. Well, I can't speak for CineHeathen after all, but I don't think he had that in mind when drawing the comic. Just fyi. :3

  3. Haha I guess that shows that I spend a bit too much time thinking about solar panels. Thanks for getting back to me.

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