The development of renewable energies in Germany is a true success story. The figures speak for themselves – the target was for renewable energies to cover 12.5% of electricity needs by 2020. This goal had already been significantly exceeded in 2007, with a figure of 14.2%. And growth continues to be rapid – in 2014 renewable energies met 27.4% of electricity needs. (Source: German Ministry of Economics and Technology)
The foundation of this success is the innovative “Act for the Precedence of Renewable Energies” – known as the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) – which first came into force in 2000. The act promotes the further development of technologies for the production of electricity from renewable sources. It has been so successful that it has been adopted in over countries.