The German government is backing away from solar…and that’s a good thing.
The short version:
- German utility EnBW has signed off on the investment for a 180-megawatt solar farm.
- As well as becoming Germany’s largest solar farm, EnBW says it will be the first major unsubsidized solar project in the country.
- The company expects the solar farm to complete construction by the end of 2020.
- The farm will be given priority access to the grid which has some people upset.
- The goal is that as Germany moves toward an unsubsidized solar market, the government will be able to remove electricity tariffs that are currently in place.
If Germany can successfully make the transition to an unsubsidized solar market, that will be huge for the rest of the world. It will be the first major player in world economics to make the transition, and could set the pattern for many countries, both large and small, to follow. Like I’ve said before, one of the things that makes solar power so exciting is the combination of the need for change recognized by a large number of people, and a solution that solves many of the problems while being financially beneficial.