Germany is facing a historic energy crisis. So he is experimenting with solar panels on the balconies

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Germany moves tab so that solar energy sneaks into the homes of thousands of homes in the country. Literally. The state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, with nearly 1.6 million inhabitants, has just launched a program to encourage the deployment of home photovoltaic installations. Its objective is that those who decide to fix solar modules on their balconies, terraces or facades, can do so without having to make large outlays for the installation.

Each household that avails itself of the program will be able to be reimbursed up to 500 euros. Of course, those who want to benefit from the initiative and recover part of the investment must meet a requirement: the power of the modules will not exceed 600 W, an installation format that does not require a permit.

“They only need to register with the energy supplier”, explains the german government, which highlights the potential benefits for households: “it can quickly generate savings when electricity prices rise”. The program has a purse of 10 million euros.

Success or division of forces?

The calculations of the consumer association of North Rhine-Westphalia (VZ NRW) —precise PV Magazine— conclude that a solar module installed on the balcony with an investment of between 350 and 500 euros can provide electricity valued at around 54 euros per yearwhich would allow the installation to be amortized in approximately between six and nine years.

Not everyone welcomes the Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania subsidies. The renewable energy industry has already questioned its scope and fears that it will end up having the opposite effect of what it seeks: a division of efforts that, in the end, ends up harming renewables.

“A single modern wind turbine with 5.5 megawatts produces much more electricity than all 20,000 balcony modules put together and cost about half financing”, stresses the president of the state association for the sector, Johann Georg Jaeger, a DailyNews.

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The group warns of the bureaucratic effort that the measure will entail while —censorship— The construction of photovoltaic installations with a capacity of 5,000 megawatts is blocked due to differences between branches of the public administration. “The use of the sun and the wind progresses too slowly because the state government does not take a clear line,” laments the representative of the sector.

The Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania initiative to encourage photovoltaic installations in homes comes in a very special context: at the gates of winter, in full Russian gas crisis and while the country sees how the price of electricity climbs to record values.

Against this background, Germany has already adopted several measures, not all of them focused on renewable energies. The energy crisis is also favoring in power plants will look again to coal. Recently the Heyden plant, located in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, was reactivated precisely to supply energy regularly to the network.

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Germany moves tab so that solar energy sneaks into the homes of thousands of homes in the country. Literally. The…

Germany moves tab so that solar energy sneaks into the homes of thousands of homes in the country. Literally. The…

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