The German economy is a global powerhouse. Germany, with only 1 percent of the world's population, is the world's second largest manufacturing exporter.

Germany is also a world leader in wind - two of the world's four largest wind turbine manufacturing companies in 2013 were German (Enercon and Siemens).

A major reason for this is that Germany, in the early days of the wind industry (the 1990's), set out to create policies which would encourage the ownership of wind turbines (and other renewables) by individuals and communities.  

The results of this policy are plain to see. Despite having a significantly poorer wind, solar and biomass resource than Saskatchewan, half the land area and 160X the population density, Germany in 2013 generated 23.4 percent of its electricity from renewables. Of the total 34 percent was wind, 29 percent was biomass and 19 percent was solar.

Not only that but in 2013 more than 50 percent of all Germany's installed renewable capacity was owned by individuals, farmers, municipalities or local utilities.


German Chancellor Angela Merkel at wind farm opening in 2011

German Chancellor Angela Merkel at wind farm opening in 2011

 
 
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AuthorJames Glennie