Solar: “Germany’s little-guy suppliers are destabilizing big power companies.”


An oldie (posted in March) but a goodie, one that came back to mind in the midst of an animated pub discussion somewhere near Plymouth. Sometimes one wonders whether a single Indiana bureaucrat knows as much about solar energy as a handful of normal Eurospeptical folks in a place like England.

Can You Have Too Much Solar Energy? Germany’s little-guy suppliers are destabilizing big power companies, by Andrew Curry (Slate)

Already, Germany’s power companies are closing power plants and scrapping plans for new ones. Germany had a national freak-out after the Fukushima disaster and decided to abolish nuclear power by 2023. Meanwhile, energy prices continue to sink, and solar installation continues to grow. By decentralizing power generation, the renewables boom could do to the power industry what the Internet did to the media: Put power in the hands of the little guy, and force power companies to rethink how they do business. As soon as the sun comes out, that is.