Craig Morris over at Renewables International has a critical take on this assessment. See http://www.renewablesinternational.net/australia-worlds-biggest-residential-pv-market/150/510/38639/ for his view. In short, Johnston's piece here doesn't quite get right what has been installed in Germany. The bulk of PV is rooftop, like in Australia, not groundmount. Most of the PV in Germany is in the size range represented by farmers and small businesses. And as Morris points out even the larger projects in Germany are owned by individuals as opposed to utilities or their unregulated subs.
Bravo Colin and the OPA team. I am glad you're getting the word out on the success of your program.
The late Keith Dawber thought New Zealand could become 100% renewable, not just 90% as I note in my op-ed at http://www.wind-works.org/articles/SustKiwis.html.Keith would be heartened to know that Kiwis are now taking the idea seriously. Paul
Good job Steven. This nicely illustrates the problem with California's solar program. If you're not wasting a ton of energy, the program doesn't make any sense.
It's time to open solar up to everyone thourgh an all inclusive feed law. Then the market will determine the rate of development. If the price is right, solar will take off. If it's too low, then the market will bump along like it is now.
Again, good job. A commentary that's been long overdue.
Great that you got Craig for the interview. He's written a useful book and I certainly tout it.
It's very useful for us that Craig speaks German so he can help us understand how the Germans have done so well with renewables. There is a big language barrier and this has affected public policy here in North America.
That's correct Ekkehard, all generation is sold to the grid. This requires a separate meter in parlallel with the utility's revenue meter. This is the way it is done by WE Energies in Wisconsin and how it will be done in Ontario. This differs from the program in California.
Yes, my typo. Euro 0.103/kWh for biogas.
20 year contracts with provisions for inflation indexing.
Biogas: <150 kW: 0.103/kWh; >2,000 kW: 0.086/kWh; >150 kW<2,000 kW; Linear interpolation; 15 year contracts with inflation indexing (not 100%).
DOM-TOM gets higher incentives as a rule because the fuel offset is oil.
Solar DHW incentive is expected to boost sales dramatically from current total installed of 85 MW.
Region Rhone-Alps. You'll have to contact someone in France, in th regin, at ADEME, or at Syndicat des Energies Renouvelables.