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Solar industry goes on strike
The photovoltaic industry protests vehemently against the planned solar subsidy cuts. Companies and researchers are seeing Germany’s technological edge disappear before their very eyes and fear that, as a result of these cuts, many companies will declare bankruptcy and thousands of jobs will be lost.
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Demonstration for the sun:show photos
At the beginning of March, 11,000 people congregated in Berlin to protest against the plans put forward by the German government to significantly cut solar tariffs. (Photo: BSW/Ronald Upmann)
Piece work:show photos
At the beginning of the year, solar installers still had their hands full. After the subsidy cuts, skilled trades are now facing difficult times. (Photo: Saint Gobain).
Efficiency experts:show photos
German solar researchers enjoy international reputation. Indeed, a shortage of funds for manufacturers means that Germany’s technological edge is at stake. (Photo: Frauenhofer/Thomas Ernsting)
High-tech product line:show photos
“We expect significantly fewer investments,” states installer Claudio Fischer-Zernin, a representative of the German company Umweltfreundliche Haustechnik, based in Göttingen. The planned revision of the German renewable energy law (EEG) is not only a particular concern for those working in skilled trades, but also for all solar companies at all stages of the value-added chain. The German Solar Industry Association (BSW) warns that the local solar market could slump by 75% and that thousands of jobs in skilled trades, industry, research and development could be cut. “Instead of accelerating the process, the German government is putting on the brakes when it comes to the energy turnaround. It is absurd that photovoltaic development, of all things, is to be severely limited at a time when the costs for solar power systems are falling considerably and the promotion of solar energy barely has an impact on electricity tariffs at all,” points out Rainer Baake, Federal Managing Director of Deutsche Umwelthilfe [German environmental aid organisation].