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Renewable Energy Across the Pond

Posted by SEPCO on 1/5/12 9:30 AM

Happy New Year! Yeah, I know I’m a little late, but there is good reason for that. I took a trip overseas to Germany for the holidays and just got back. I figured I’d share all the different renewable energies I saw during my travels.

Germany is a very cloudy area, well at least the North is. I think we only had about four days of nice sunny weather out of the two weeks I spent there. The rest of the time was overcast and snowy, but still beautiful. We even had a day completely covered in ice which was amazing for a South Florida girl to see.

Germany Snow

I was not amazed at the amount of wind energy used throughout the country. They recently put in another wind farm in the town my family lives in. My grandmother says they just put that in about six months ago. I noticed a lot of other new wind farms on the drive from the airport and running around the surrounding areas. Wind farms seem to be popping up left and right, and why not, most of Germanyis still farm land and you can farm around the windmills so it’s a win-win situation.

Solar on House in Germany

I noticed something else while I was there. Solar is popping up everywhere. It is on the sides of homes, barns, buildings, just about everything you can mount a panel to. My grandfather’s business also has solar panels on the roof to generate power to the buildings. You would think that with the overcast and snowy days the solar wouldn’t work, but I have to say, even after a snow storm the panels clear off quickly. Also, the summers have extremely long days, so a lot of solar energy can be generated during the longer seasons.

Solar on Barn in Germany

One thing I did learn is that Germany does not look at solar as a complete solution, but as a way to offset their overall usage and look more towards yearly generation instead of monthly or daily as a lot of other areas look at. It would be interesting to see how many renewable energy changes happen between this trip and my next…hopefully in a year and a half. I’d love to see more of it in the summer and travel around to see what other great renewable energies are being used.

Solar on Roof in Germany

Have you ever traveled somewhere and seen what other areas are using? What about the area you live? Let me know, I would love to hear what you have seen.

Topics: Green Ideas, Solar Power

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