German green revolution driven primarily by citizens - study
Oct 25, 2013 - Households owned 47% of the installed renewable energy capacity in Germany as of the end of 2012, a study has shown.
Conducted by research centre Trend Research in cooperation with the Leuphana University Lueneburg, the study was presented on Thursday in Berlin.
The total renewable energy capacity in Germany is estimated at 73 GW. According to the results, citizens own 34 GW of the capacity, compared with 9 GW held by the utilities. Strategic and institutional investors own about 30 GW of the capacity.
In addition, households account for 56,000 GWh of generated renewable power in 2012 which constitutes 43% of the green electricity production and 10% of total power generation in Germany.
The results of the study show that German citizens have taken responsibility for the decentralisation of the country's energy transition, the head of the Renewable Energies Agency, Philipp Vohrer, said. Residents account for almost half of the solar and wind energy installations and hold a big share of the bioenergy facilities, he added.