Solar Power In Europe: Can Germany And France Lead In Renewable Energy Despite Cloudy Climates?
The following is an excerpt from Jess McHugh | November 30, 2015 | ibtimes.com |
Thousands of roofs across Germany are dotted with the metallic glint of solar panels, producing energy that has fueled nearly 7 percent of the country's energy demand since last year, growing steadily from the first introduction of solar power in the early 2000s. The government has encouraged this widespread use of renewables by making the process more affordable when compared to other countries: installing solar panels on a German home involves little more than filling out basic paperwork and an investment of a few thousand dollars.
“It’s about as easy as renovating your bathroom,” explained Craig Morris, a renewable energy analyst in Germany who has studied renewables for two decades.
Despite their overcast climates, European leaders in Germany and France are offering compelling uses for solar energy, particularly by integrating them into their own power grids as well as in public installations. As dozens of countries met Monday to discuss climate change initiatives at a United Nations summit in Paris, Germany and France could serve as examples for creative uses of government-subsidized solar energy in many countries including the U.S., according to some environmental analysts.
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