By Chris Clarke, Rewire:
Germany continues to outstrip the rest of the world in solar power capacity, and is adding new solar faster than any other country as well. According to the trade publication Solarserver, Germany Trade and Invest (GTAI), the nation’s economic development agency, says that Germans installed 320 megawatts of photovoltaic (PV) capacity in August 2012, putting the nation’s overall PV capacity above 30 gigawatts — roughly 24 times California’s current total solar capacity.
According to GTAI’s recent report The Photovoltaic Market in Germany, the country installed nearly 7.5 gigawatts of photovoltaic capacity in 2011 alone, more than 3 gigawatts above the U.S.’s total PV capacity at the end of 2011.
Germany’s only global competitor in PV capacity is Italy, with about half Germany’s capacity installed by the end of 2011. Both Germany and Italy rely on robust feed-in tariffs to promote PV development; under a feed-in tariff arrangement, owners of small PV installations are paid a premium amount for any power they “feed in” to the grid… Read more