German environment minister opposes cuts for solar

Germany's chief environmental leader has taken a firm stance against proposed reductions in the country's investment in solar power, according to Bloomberg.

Economy Minister Philipp Roesler, from the junior coalition member Free Democratic Party, called on the government to drastically scale back the country's annual solar installations, imposing a cap of 1 gigawatt per year, down from 7.4 gigawatts installed in 2010.

Germany has already reduced its incentives for solar energy in the past year as the country quickly grew to become the largest solar market in the world by a wide margin, but Environment Minister Norbert Roettgen steadfastly refused to consider a proposition he felt would kill off the country's still young solar industry.

“It makes no sense to again politically question laws that have just been adopted,” Roettgen said. “Insecurity is poison for the energy transformation.”

PV Magazine reports that Roettgen expects the nation to require greater investment in renewable energy sources if it is to meet the 80 to 95 percent reduction in carbon emissions targeted by E.U. Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger. The country announced plans to back away from nuclear power in the wake of the recent Japanese disaster, which is already expected to increase emissions.

PennEnergy's Research area offers projections for the German solar industry and ongoing trends in the sector.

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