Signs of growing PV storage market in Germany Foto: SMA

Photovoltaics » 01.09.2015

Signs of growing PV storage market in Germany

Last week, German solar association BSW announced 35 percent growth in the number of solar battery storage units with KfW funding. The news marks a reversal of the findings from a recent survey, which indicated market stagnation. But the overall market continues to barely creep forwards. read more »

26 MW wind farm with 90 percent local ownership in Germany Foto: Vestas

Wind power » 31.08.2015

26 MW wind farm with 90 percent local ownership in Germany

Vestas has announced a contract for eight 3.3 MW turbines to go up in a community wind farm in Baden-Württemberg. In 2017, the German government could put an end to such community-owned projects. read more »

German chemicals campaign against Energiewende Finanzen.net

German chemicals campaign against Energiewende

Two recent publications claim that “high energy prices” are driving the chemicals sector out of Germany. But they are asking the Energiewende to do something it cannot deliver. read more »

Did German renewables just peak above 80% of demand? Fraunhofer ISE

Electricity » 27.08.2015

Did German renewables just peak above 80% of demand?

On Sunday, a new record level of renewable power was probably posted in Germany. The devil is in the detail, however. read more »

Germany gets world’s largest green hydrogen system Foto: Bundesregierung

P2G » 26.08.2015

Germany gets world’s largest green hydrogen system

The municipal utility of Mainz has worked with chemicals firm Linde, Siemens, and a local university to produce the largest facility in the world that generates hydrogen from renewable electricity. read more »

German utilities want to shut down more power plants Foto: thinkstock

Planning » 25.08.2015

German utilities want to shut down more power plants

KWSAL is back – no, it’s not a monster. It’s the list of requests from utilities to shut down power plants. But if it keeps growing, it might yet become a monster. read more »

How Germany reached one-cent solar through bad policy Foto: Grüne Energie Bürgersolarpark

Auctions » 24.08.2015

How Germany reached one-cent solar through bad policy

The second round of auctions for photovoltaics apparently produced the lowest bids in history worldwide – so low that they could not be built. Bidders are gaming the system. read more »

German grid keeps getting more reliable EnergyTransition.de

SAIDI » 21.08.2015

German grid keeps getting more reliable

So much for renewable energy destabilizing the German grid: Yesterday, Germany’s Network Agency published the SAIDI figure for 2014, showing that the number of downtime minutes fell to an all-time low. read more »

Utility-ownership of residential solar – good for utilities ILSR

Solar » 20.08.2015

Utility-ownership of residential solar – good for utilities

A recent investigation by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance finds that utility ownership of homeowner arrays is better for the utility than for the homeowner. read more »

6% of global grain for biofuels AEE

Biomass » 19.08.2015

6% of global grain for biofuels

German renewable energy agency AEE argues that there is a lot of leeway for energy crops. But only if the world stops eating meat, one might add. read more »

Ethiopia's proposal to leapfrog towards renewables IEA, Africa Energy Outlook 2014

Africa » 18.08.2015

Ethiopia's proposal to leapfrog towards renewables

Bernard Chabot is back today with an investigation of Ethiopia's COP 21 contribution offer. The African country has the second largest number of people without grid access. They could all go straight to renewable energy. read more »

German solar storage market stagnates Foto: SMA

PV » 17.08.2015

German solar storage market stagnates

The SolarContact index finds that public interest in solar storage systems remains high, but the market has not picked up. read more »

33 winners, 103 losers in second German PV auction Foto: Deutscher Bundestag/Katrin Neuhauser

Solar » 14.08.2015

33 winners, 103 losers in second German PV auction

Germany’s Network Agency has announced the winners of the country’s second auction for photovoltaics. A total of 160 MW can now be built out of the 558 MW proposed. read more »

Operating reserve shrinks during Energiewende Rainer Sturm/ Pixelio

Power » 13.08.2015

Operating reserve shrinks during Energiewende

Fluctuating wind and solar power are expected to increase the need for dispatchable generators to ramp up and down quickly. So why has the operating reserve shrunk in Germany? read more »

Canadian greenhouse gas emissions bigger than Germany’s? Bernard Chabot

Data » 12.08.2015

Canadian greenhouse gas emissions bigger than Germany’s?

Bernard Chabot is back today with a global overview of greenhouse gas emissions. Once CO2 is reported separately, some countries have a tremendous non-CO2 GHG emission level. The reasons behind the data are not completely clear. read more »