Timon Singh | Inhabitat
Last year, Germany made headlines when it met half of its weekend power demand using solar energy alone. But that’s not all – the nation just announced that it installed 1,008 new wind turbines last year with a total capacity of 2,439 megawatts. This figure exceeds the previous year’s wind energy capacity by roughly 20%, further exhibiting the stable growth of the German renewable energy market.
The figures were released by the German Wind Energy Association and VDMA Power Systems, a leader in the country’s wind industry. In a statement, Thorsten Herdan, Managing Director of VDMA PS, said: “Germany is a pillar of strength in a turbulent global market where wind energy is concerned. Both the expected slump of the US market in 2013 and the progressive isolation of the declining Chinese market are forcing manufacturers to focus on the European core markets.
“The systemic modification of the German Renewable Energy Sources Act and the electricity market design thus become all the more important. If these goals can be achieved, the framework conditions on the German domestic market will act as a model for Germany’s export markets.”…