Take the next one as a textbook example of how to do renewable energy promotion right: Wind-works reports that Germany has announced lower feed-in tariff levels for 2012, 15% below 2011 -- which means that since 2004 support for solar power in Germany, on a price per kilowatt-hour basis, has declined over 57%.
How is this doing things correctly?The newly revised feed-in tariff levels are part of planned and well-announced series of decreases, taking place as the dynamics of the renewable energy market in Germany changes and more comes online.
By the end of 2011 Germany is expected to install 5,000 MW of solar power. Compare that to the US, where the yearly total should be around 2,000 MW -- and where support for renewable energy is a mishmash of state and federal promotion, all of which could come or go as political winds shift direction.
It's not a one-to-one comparison, for sure, but if the US wants to install more renewable energy and kick the fossil fuel habit, it ought to behave more like Germany and less like it has been. Oh, and as Bill Clinton recently pointed out, doing so would generate about 2.5 million jobs in addition to markedly cleaner electricity.
So, how much does solar powered electricity receive now in Germany? Depending on size of installation (larger arrays get lower rates): €0.179-0.244/kWh ($0.24-0.33).