Brandenburg aims to quadruple solar capacity by 2030
Solar park of SpreeGas. Source: Gasag (www.gasag.de).
The German state of Brandenburg seeks to quadruple its solar capacity to 18 GW by 2030 as part of its energy strategy that envisages switching to 100% renewable power generation by the end of this decade.
The Energy Strategy 2040, which was adopted by the state cabinet on Wednesday, is designed to ensure a reliable and affordable energy supply in Brandenburg which aims to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 75% by 2030 as compared with 1990 and reach climate neutrality by 2045 at the latest.
With 4.5 GW of solar capacity in operation last year, the state currently needs to install solar panels on large hall roofs, in particular, to reach its target, according to the state's energy minister Joerg Steinbach. Otherwise, there will be increasing competition to use agricultural land for the generation of solar power.
By 2040, the solar systems in operation across Brandenburg should have reached 33 GW.
Like solar, wind power plays also a major role in the energy strategy as the state aims to double the installed wind capacity to 15 GW by 2040 from 7.6 GW in 2021 and make available at least 2.2% of its territory for wind turbines by 2032.
A key component in the plan for the energy transition is the development of a hydrogen economy which was launched with the hydrogen strategy last year.
The state is set to start work on measures to ensure that the ambitious goals are reached. The measures will be presented in the Climate Plant that will be unveiled in the spring of 2023.
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