2012 Fact Finding Mission to Germany
For the fifth international mission, SEPA returned to Germany, the site of the first mission. Although its solar resource is on par with that of Anchorage, Alaska, Germany continues to lead the world in solar capacity. Of Germany's 17 GW of solar, most has been installed in the past five years. The drivers for this dramatic growth are supportive national policies, including a feed-in tariff (FIT) that is currently the subject of intense debate across Germany. U.S. utility executives and managers will learn how the FIT has evolved, how successful it has been in achieving its goals, and how German utilities are responding to the integration of large amounts of distributed solar and other renewable resource generation into their systems.
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