New German coalition sets enhanced energy goals, doubles solar PV target to 200GW by 2030

Facebook
Twitter
LinkedIn
Reddit
Email
The new coalition government has doubled its solar target to 200GW by 2030. Image: RWE

Germany’s new three-way coalition government of the SDP, Green and FDP parties have set guidelines for future energy policy in the country which include an expansion of planned renewable capacity and an accelerated phase out of coal power.

They have agreed to double Germany’s solar target to 200GW by 2030, increase the country’s renewables target to 80% of electricity demand by 2030, up from 65%, and bring forward the coal phase-out date from 2038 to 2030.

Other objectives included in the guidelines are an increased investment in hydrogen, aiming for 10GW of electrolysis capacity by 2030, producing half of Germany’s heat supply through carbon neutral means by 2030 and ensuring stability of supply through some gas and coal provision while renewable capacity ramps up.

Party leaders presented the new targets yesterday after weeks of coalition negotiations in Berlin following the country’s election in September. The treaty needs to be ratified at the SDP and FDP party conferences, with the Greens requiring approval from all its members.

The figures are based on electricity demand rising to 680-750TWh/year in 2030.

Commenting on the new guidelines, German renewables company RWE’s CEO Markus Krebber, said: “Overall, this is an encouraging outcome. The coalition agreement can give the energy transition a considerable boost. Especially due to the fact that specific measures will be paired with the ambitious targets.”

“RWE expressly welcomes the fact that the coalition parties want the expansion targets for renewables to be considerably increased. It is also positive that a large number of very specific proposals have already been developed on how this is to be achieved,” the company said.

RWE said that clear timelines and specific proposals “create planning certainty” and that it will “make its contribution towards the success of the energy transition”.

Read Next

September 29, 2022
A research consortium has devised a production line with a throughput of up to 20,000 wafers per hour, which is double the usual amount.
September 21, 2022
Under the REPowerEU scenario to install 750GWdc of solar across the European Union by 2030, the bloc will require 1 million solar workers, double the numbers from 2021.
September 9, 2022
The European Union (EU) generated a record 12% of its electricity from solar between May and August 2022, a report from think tank Ember has revealed.
PV Tech Premium
September 6, 2022
Having successfully completed its transition from a solar equipment provider to a heterojunction cell and module manufacturer, Meyer Burger is looking to build on a major supply deal last month as it works to ramp up production capacity in the US.
September 1, 2022
Microinverter supplier Enphase Energy is bolstering its home energy management offering with an agreement to acquire German software provider GreenCom Networks and a tie-up with Home Connect, a digital platform that allows home appliances to be managed with an app.
August 25, 2022
German utility RWE has acquired Polish developer Alpha Solar which has a solar project pipeline of nearly 3GW.

Subscribe to Newsletter

Upcoming Events

Solar Media Events
October 4, 2022
New York, USA
On-Demand Webinars, Solar Media Events
October 11, 2022
Virtual event
Upcoming Webinars
October 18, 2022
10am (EDT) / 4pm (CEST)