reichstag and flag - berlin, germany
reichstag and flag - berlin, germany

Germany just shattered energy records by getting most of their power from renewables.

On April 30th energy prices dropped below zero, as 85 percent of the country’s power came from renewable sources such as solar, wind and hydro.

Coal and nuclear power, on the other hand, provided only 15 percent of country’s total energy.

Germany hopes what happened on April 30th will become a norm as reports indicate that the country’s ambitious energy transition aims for at least 80 per cent of all power to come from renewables by 2050.

The country has set intermediate targets of 35 to 40 percent share by 2025 and 55 to 60 percent by 2035.

Germany also has an ongoing plan to phase out the use of nuclear power and close down all remaining nuclear power plants by the year 2022.

By investing in clean power, Germany has tripled their renewable energy capacity in just 10 years.

Other countries around the world have met significant renewable energy goals recently. Norway, Costa Rica, Switzerland and Sweden are all making remarkable strides to end dependence on fossil fuels.

Derick Lila
Derick is a Clark University graduate—and Fulbright alumni with a Master's Degree in Environmental Science, and Policy. He has over a decade of solar industry research, marketing, and content strategy experience.

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