Scarce goods, delays, organizing, improvising – our fellow citizens from the former eastern bloc know these terms all too well. The centrally planned socialist economies were characterized by shortages of almost everything. Not until the fall of the Berlin Wall at the end of the 1980s did citizens of the bloc get a new perspective. Suddenly, everything was supposed to be available in abundance. As a result, the values of thrift, stockpiling and repairing, instead of buying new things, were increasingly abandoned. With PV modules in short supply, these values may need to make a comeback, writes Martin Schachinger of pvXchange.
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