Solar Energy in Germany

The US has 3900 % more solar radiation than Germany, and yet Germany produces 6000 % more solar energy than the US.
German solar power plants produce a world record 22 gigawatts of electricity per hour, equal to 20 nuclear power stations at full capacity.

European countries, such as Germany, Sweden and Denmark have met their Kyoto Protocol commitments and have been hit the least by the economic crisis.

Solar power in the United States has been demonized by some as a Left Wing Conspiracy.

Solar Energy in Germany

Even older homes on Main Street in any given German village employ solar energy.

The obstinance of other global residents reminds me of the following quote by Mark Twain:

The radical of one century is the conservative of the next. The radical invents the views. When he has worn them out, the conservative adopts them. – Notebook, 1898

A Good Reason to Travel

Every year it takes less time to fly across the Atlantic and more time to drive to the office.

– Unknown-

Tiger Lilies in Germany

Solar Panels – the New Cash Crop

On our most recent drive to Franconia, we noticed again how progress and tradition blend. I admire the Franconian hillsides covered in lush vines as well as the plains with their wheat and sunflower fields reflecting in the golden sun light.

And yet, all this sun light produces an additional cash crop: solar energy. Occasionally we spot big fields covered with black solar panels, along the wayside of the Autobahn. What an unusual sight!

solar panels and black looking fields

Our eyes have become accustomed to seeing black roof tops on houses in small villages.. But it will take us a few more drives on the Autobahn into Northern Bavaria to get used to seeing these black fields without thinking something has gone wrong.

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I am all for solar energy. But my habitual German eyes have to learn to catch up to my progressive mind.

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