Germany Set to Undertake Massive Offshore Wind Project
With the largest energy infrastructure project since the end of the war, Germany is setting out to replace 17 nuclear reactors by the year 2020 with renewable energy sources. Already a leader in solar energy, they plan to be the first developed nation to end its reliance on fossil fuels.
© Kim Hansen
After the 2011 tsunami in Japan and ensuing nuclear crisis, many nations got a sobering look at the potential devastation from natural disasters, and the implications of nuclear power generation. Japan has decided now to phase out nuclear power generation, Germany has set 2020 as a target date to be completely nuclear free.
Chancellor Angela Merkel recently announced a $263 billion investment in offshore wind power generation, as part of their plan for providing 35% of their energy needs from renewables by 2020.
Germany’s renewable projects are said to have saved an estimated 87 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions to date, and the industry employs over 300,000 people. In a land of limited sunlight, Germany has still managed to emerge as a global leader in solar and other renewable technologies.