Is Solar Power Too Powerful For Germany?

456px-Electricity_Grid_Schematic_EnglishUPI reports:

The German electricity grid faces instability because of too much solar power, an expert said.

Thanks to a generous feed-in tariff, the installation of rooftop solar panels and large-scale photovoltaic plants has exploded in Germany.

Stephan Kohler, chairman of the DENA agency, an energy adviser to the government, has warned that the green boom could turn into a disaster for Germany’s aging power grid.

“The network is facing a congestion due to solar power,” Kohler told the Berliner Zeitung newspaper. “That’s why the expansion of solar power has to be cut back quickly and drastically.”

Experts have long called for an overhaul of the European power grid to integrate the fluctuating renewable energy sources such as solar and wind power.

Experts forecast between 8 gigawatts and 10 GW of solar power capacity to be installed this year — the equivalent of roughly 10 large coal-fired power plants. In 2009, only 4 GW were installed.

Well aware that the industry is maturing more quickly than anticipated, Berlin this year agreed to reduce subsidies for rooftop panels by 16 percent.

It’s nice to get confirmation that solar power is far more effective than it’s made out to be in the U.S.  But decentralized sources are more of a strain on the German grid than a few centralized sources?  Perhaps the real problem is a loss of revenue for the coal industry that helps subsidize German politicians’ re-elections.

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  • GoodDoktorBad

    “Perhaps the real problem is a loss of revenue for the coal industry that helps subsidize German politicians’ re-elections.” Reading the headline, that was my first thought.

    Then this Quote:
    “The network is facing a congestion due to solar power.” Congestion? This is not a computer network or a case of bronchitis. This is a case of the use of poorly concieved techno-babble to try and protect the interests of the energy industry. They lost their monopoly and that makes them unhappy.

  • Anonymous

    “Perhaps the real problem is a loss of revenue for the coal industry that helps subsidize German politicians’ re-elections.” Reading the headline, that was my first thought.

    Then this Quote:
    “The network is facing a congestion due to solar power.” Congestion? This is not a computer network or a case of bronchitis. This is a case of the use of poorly concieved techno-babble to try and protect the interests of the energy industry. They lost their monopoly and that makes them unhappy.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    More juice than they know what to do with? Wow…what a problem to have! See…those commie hippies that try to sell people a fantasy world where electricity is cheap and plentiful never tell you about the dark side of the equation! If only they’d known that green tech would leave them with such a terrible burden…they’d have played it safe and stuck with gas, oil and coal!

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    More juice than they know what to do with? Wow…what a problem to have! See…those commie hippies that try to sell people a fantasy world where electricity is cheap and plentiful never tell you about the dark side of the equation! If only they’d known that green tech would leave them with such a terrible burden…they’d have played it safe and stuck with gas, oil and coal!

  • Synapse

    Have they not thought to sell their excess energy to foreign countries? We do this all the time in the states, it shouldn’t be too hard for an EU country.

  • Synapse

    Have they not thought to sell their excess energy to foreign countries? We do this all the time in the states, it shouldn’t be too hard for an EU country.

  • reality

    oh no! get your tin hats! the coal industry is out to kill solar!

    the network is just to crap to load share the fluctuating production levels of home setups. simple. use your brain you pseudo wannabes

    • Andrew

      You really think that’s a convincing argument, don’t you?

  • reality

    oh no! get your tin hats! the coal industry is out to kill solar!

    the network is just to crap to load share the fluctuating production levels of home setups. simple. use your brain you pseudo wannabes

  • Andrew

    You really think that’s a convincing argument, don’t you?

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