Two things happened last month to give us pause to reflect on clean energy. First, Germany added the equivalent of nearly 1 percent of its electricity supply with solar energy between January and August. The first 1 percent took 10 years to achieve; the next 1 percent just 8 months. Second, the author of this revolution, Hermann Scheer, died.
Scheer was a German politician, a Social Democrat who entered the Parliament in 1980. He was also an author, environmentalist and a powerful agent of change in the fight for a clean-energy future. He was called many things, from “solar king” to “the Stalin of renewables.” Within the solar industry, the title was more prosaic — “the father of the feed-in tariff.”
Introduced in 2000, and dubbed “Scheer’s Law,” the feed-in tariff enabled owners of a renewable energy system to sell the power they generate at attractive rates, and mandated utilities to buy it.… Seguir leyendo »