SEIA sets the record straight on Germany's solar success

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The large majority of Germany’s population supports the transition to renewable energy and the nation’s policies have been successful in meeting that goal, according to a report commissioned by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and prepared by the Brattle Group.

In fact, Solar Energy Support in Germany: A Closer Look found that Germany’s system of feed-in tariffs had been more successful than expected, delivering 35 GW of solar PV by the end of 2013. New figures by Fraunhofer ISE show that solar represented 7.0% of Germany’s electricity generation in the first half of 2014, and electricity from PV has peaked at over 50% of the nation’s mid-day demand.

According to the report, these solar penetration levels have been high enough to require modifications to both Germany’s renewable energy program and overall electricity market design. And while solar and other renewable energy sources have brought down wholesale electricity prices, solar deployment has also led to higher than anticipated costs to consumers.

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