German Solar Outshines Fukushima’s Nukes

Reporting in Grist, Christopher Mims notes, with appropriate qualifications, that “total power output of Germany’s installed solar PV panels hit 12.1 GW — greater than the total power output (10 GW) of Japan’s entire 6-reactor nuclear power plant.” The kicker:

Japan’s facing rolling blackouts until next Winter, and it’s undeniable that if the country had more distributed power generation like Germany’s roof-based solar PV system, the entire country would be much more resilient in the face of catastrophe.


  1. #1 by Charlie Keil on March 29, 2011 - 9:18 am

    I think the “land of the rising sun” will lead the world in appropriate energy technology, and very soon. They produced the panels on our roof here in Lakeville, currently bringing in 4,671 watts at 9:16 a.m. with some haze and a few clouds in the sky.

  2. #2 by kubla on March 29, 2011 - 11:35 am

    I wonder how many of German solar panels were manufactured by the children of Amaratsu?

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