There’s no denying the direction this world is headed: Renewable and alternative energy sources are the future. There are many ways humans can get energy, and not all of them require burning through resources that will never return, or harming the environment. Germany has set out to make a point in recent years, and with this latest development in Solar energy, has claimed a new record in power production… with the sun.
In a report, Reuters exclaimed that German solar power plants produced a world record 22 gigawatts of electricity per hour. That’s the equivalent to 20 nuclear power stations operating at full capacity!
The record-breaking amount of solar power shows one of the world’s leading industrial nations was able to meet a third of its electricity needs on a work day, Friday, and nearly half on Saturday when factories and offices were closed.
In reaction to the Fukushima nuclear disaster last year, the German government decided to abandon nuclear power completely. It has already shut down eight nuclear power plants, and plans to kill off the remaining nine by 2022, replacing much of their power need with renewable energy instead.
Believe it or not, there are critiques of such energy production. I’m not sure all of them work for oil companies or not, but some people believe that solar energy isn’t reliable, and that it’s a risk to rely much on it. Germany aims to prove them wrong, and has managed to easily make a statement on the power the sun can bring to a country if done correctly. Over one-third of their energy was given to them by the sun on Friday, and half (yes, HALF) on Saturday.
Granted, they’ve had some really sunny days lately, and the sunshine is required for solar energy to have much usefulness. This is one of the comments that critiques of the power make. Nevertheless, these types of stories are great to hear, and I look forward to reading more about what innovative countries around the world are doing to produce safer and cleaner resources for humanity.
… your move America.
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