To GreenTech Media : ” Germany installed more than 2 gigawatts of solar in the month of December alone. (…) Installations for the full year will be nearly 7 gigawatts according to the German Solar Industry Association (BSW).”
The article goes further : ” According to the BSW, solar power contributes approximately three percent of the German electricity supply, with a goal of 10 percent by 2020. “
The European leader in renewables installed in a single month more solar photovoltaic capacity than the whole United States of America installed in a whole year !
The capacity is so huge the prices for relatively small installations are $2.80 per watt, to compare to $5.20 per watt in the U.S.
I don’t know about you, but if I wanted to work in the solar PV industry, I would be getting back to my German lessons…
To conclude I think the European Union would have a chance in the cleantech arms race if it was working as hard on the matter as Germany.