When Georg Schuerer was looking for a retirement investment, he chose solar energy: "It gave me an 8.8% return last year. What bank offers that?"

Far from being bureaucratic, FITs hand everything over to the market. Want to install PV or your roof or invest in a local wind turbine? Go to the shop down the street and buy your panels, or talk to the local wind energy office or bank about investing. There is no bidding, no monitoring, no penalties, nor is there any approval/refusal as in Britain, where the British Wind Energy Association lists statistics according to "submitted, refused, approved."