Germany announces big incentives for EVs, bringing down the cost of vehicles like the Renault Twizy. Who wouldn’t buy that? Me.
Cars running on gasoline and diesel will be a rarity in many places within a generation. Carmakers who doubt this may soon find themselves relegated to museums and sightseeing tours.
With wind power production exceeding 20 gigawatts and solar also kicking in at above 10 gigawatts on Easter Sunday, conventional power generation was pushed dangerously low for a full 15 hours last Sunday.
Over the past four years, the share of renewable power grew by nearly a third, so why did retail rates remain stable from 2013-2016?
Personal EV buyers would have access to €5,000 in incentives, and commercial buyers would have access to €3,000 in incentives per EV purchased.
German solar and storage installer Praml has completed two of the first installations of Tesla’s 6.4kWh residential battery system in the nation’s south.
The value of the average kilowatt-hour that Germany exported last year was greater than the price of the average imported kilowatt-hour.
China has overtaken Germany in 2015 in terms of solar PV capacity, according to data from China’s Photovoltaic Industry Association.
The architect of Germany’s Energiewende says it is clear which technologies are winners of energy transition. The task now for Germany is to focus on solar and wind integration, ‘digitising” the grid, and energy storage and efficiency. “There is no going back,” he says.