Germany: Green Beacon of Alternative Power

Anderson, Rachel
July 2006
E: The Environmental Magazine;Jul/Aug2006, Vol. 17 Issue 4, p34
This article reports that the Bavaria Solarpark is the world's largest solar electric system and is situated in Germany. Development has also started on the country's first wave energy system. When the Social Democrat/Green coalition took the helm under Chancellor Gerhardt Schroeder in 1998, the push for renewable energy in Germany began to accelerate and it shows no sings of abating. Spread over 62 acres and using 57,600 solar panels, the Bavaria Solarpark went live last year with 10 megawatts of power. Germany is also looking to harness the energy in the waves of the North Sea. The system proposed by Voith Siemens Hydro would be the world's first commercial-scale, grid-connected wave power station, providing 250 kilowatts of energy to 120 households. It could generate 400 megawatt hours of zero-emission electricity annually.


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