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Solar energy

Massive potential for solar power across the globe

At present, solar power accounts for 2 per cent of global power capacity. This figure could rise to 13 per cent by 2030. This is not least thanks to the fact that – as the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) tells us – the cost of PV generation will keep falling.

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G20 Meeting of Energy Ministers – Joining forces to find good solutions

How can we successfully make the transition to an energy system that is clean and sustainable? This question was the focus of the first G20 Meeting of Energy Ministers after the Paris Agreement which took place in Beijing on 29 and 30 June.

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What exactly is meant by “sector coupling”?

Apart from the power sector, heating, cooling and transport are other areas in which fossil fuels are to be gradually replaced with renewables. Sector coupling helps to make this possible. Read on to learn more about how this can work in practice.

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Carsten Körnig, Chief Executive Officer, German Solar Association (BSW-Solar)

Quote of the week

“Solar technology has become so cheap that there are an increasing number of places in the world where it can offer a true alternative to conventional sources of power and heat – not only for ecological reasons but also for economic ones.”

Carsten Körnig, Chief Executive Officer, German Solar Association (BSW-Solar)

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  • German-Tunisian Energy Partnership: State Secretary Baake meets with Tunisian Energy Minister

    State Secretary Rainer Baake met with Tunisian Energy Minister Mongi Marzoug on 11 July. Mr Marzoug visited Berlin to attend the meeting of the steering committee of the German-Tunisian Energy Partnership. By 2030, Tunisia wants to raise the share of renewables in its energy supply to 30 per cent. State Secretary Baake said: “I am delighted that we can use our energy partnership to support Tunisia in this.” (Further information in German only)

  • Energy talks in Greece

    Investing into Greece’s future and sending a strong signal to Europe’s renewables sector – this is to be the result of closer cooperation on renewables, something that Federal Minister for Economic Affairs Sigmar Gabriel discussed at his meetings in Athens a few days ago.

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