100 Gigawatts of installed Solar power capacity
Solar power brings about annual savings of over 70 million tons of CO2 / Manifold growth of installed capacity expected by 2020 / Solar industry appeals to international community in Doha for greater utilization of solar power for environmental protection
As a result of the rapid market growth of recent years, the global level of installed solar power capacity is about to surpass the 100–gigawatt mark. This translates into a reduction of emissions of environmentally harmful gases by 70 million tons per year. By 2020, worldwide solar power capacity, and with it the potential benefits for climate protection, will increase five- to sevenfold, according to energy experts.
Solar power is more attractive around the world than any other environmentally friendly energy form, as it can be built, expanded and utilized in almost any location. The German Solar Industry Association (BSW-Solar) is therefore appealing to the international community, which is currently gathered in Qatar, to redouble future efforts in utilizing the potential of solar energy and other renewable energy sources in order to further the goals of climate protection. In the words of Carsten Körnig, Chief Executive Officer of BSW-Solar, "Solar power is a key to climate protection."
Germany already produces around five percent of its electricity from solar power. By the year 2020, this share is expected to double, while by 2030, according to a BSW-Solar forecast, it could even reach the 20 percent mark without significant added costs. The price of photovoltaics has fallen by half within the last three years. The use of solar technology will therefore become increasingly economically attractive, both in metropolitan areas as well as in off-grid parts of the world. In the year 2012, BSW-Solar expects strong market growth in particular in the US, Japan, China, India.
With expanding global markets, solar technology is also becoming an ever more significant export factor for the domestic German economy: Already today, Germany's solar industry earns every second euro abroad. By 2025, according to estimates by the Federal Environment Agency, the global market for environmentally friendly energy will grow by 747 billion euros. BSW-Solar is confident that German companies, despite strong competition, will continue to profit from this growth. "Germany has the know-how, the experience and the ideas that are indispensable on this tough international playing field," explains Körnig. He appeals to the Federal Government to remain steadfast and lead the way forward in its implementation of the energy system transformation. "What is now needed is resolute action, not fear of moving too quickly or acting too boldly! That is the only way to succeed in protecting the environment and in transforming the energy system."