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mark. This translates into a reduction
of emissions of environmentally harm-
ful gases by 70 million tons per year.
By 2020, worldwide solar power ca-
pacity, and with it the potential bene-
fits for climate protection, will increase
five- to sevenfold, according to energy
Solar power is more attractive
around the world than any other envi-
ronmentally friendly energy form, as
it can be built, expanded and utilized
in almost any location. The German
Solar Industry Association (BSW-Solar)
is therefore appealing to the interna-
tional community, which is currently
gathered in Qatar, to redouble future
efforts in utilizing the potential of so-
lar energy and other renewable energy
sources in order to further the goals
of climate protection. In the words of
Carsten Körnig, Chief Executive Offi-
cer of BSW-Solar, “Solar power is a key
to climate protection.”
Germany already produces
around five percent of its electricity
from solar power. By the year 2020,
this share is expected to double, while
by 2030, according to a BSW-Solar fore-
cast, it could even reach the 20 percent
mark without significant added costs.
The price of photovoltaics has fallen by
half within the last three years. The use
of solar technology will therefore be-
come increasingly economically attrac-
tive, both in metropolitan areas as well
as in off-grid parts of the world. In the
year 2012, BSW-Solar expects strong
market growth in particular in the US,
Japan, China, India.
With expanding global markets,
solar technology is also becoming an
ever more significant export factor for
the domestic German economy: Al-
ready today, Germany’s solar industry
earns every second euro abroad. By
according to estimates by the
Federal Environment Agency, the glob-
al market for environmentally friendly
energy will grow by 747 billion euros.
BSW-Solar is confident that German
companies, despite strong competi-
tion, will continue to profit from this
growth. “Germany has the know-how,
the experience and the ideas that are
indispensable on this tough interna-
tional playing field,” explains Körnig.
He appeals to the Federal Government
to remain steadfast and lead the way
forward in its implementation of the
energy system transformation. “What
is now needed is resolute action, not
fear of moving too quickly or acting
too boldly! That is the only way to
succeed in protecting the environment
and in transforming the energy sys-