Harness the sun

Cloudy Germany exponentially outshines Israel in its ability to capture sunlight and turn it into usable fuel.

By JERUSALEM POST EDITORIAL
June 9, 2011 22:49
4 minute read.
New solar field in Arava

Arava Solar Field 311. (photo credit: Sharon Udasin)

Germany, a country of clouds and notoriously rainy summers, exponentially outshines Israel in its ability to capture sunlight and turn it into usable fuel for the country’s households, schools and public institutions.

As one of the world’s leading solar energy producers, Germany has an installed capacity of 9,800 megawatts of solar panels and generates a total of 6.6 terawatt hours of electricity from them annually, bringing its total electricity consumption by photovoltaic panels to over 1%. Renewables as a whole account for 16.3% of the central European country’s national electric supply.

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