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Denmark Hits Solar Energy Goal 8 Years Early

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Installing solar power in Denmark is going faster than planned, and the country has already reached its goal of 200 megawatts of solar capacity. This amount was the goal that the Danish government had set to reach by 2020.

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Michael O (176)
Saturday October 13, 2012, 8:45 am
At present, the country is adding 36 MW of solar panels each month, and industry predictions are that there will be 1000 MW of solar panels (five times the goal) installed by 2020. Denmark has one of the highest levels of renewable power installed as a percentage of total power requirements. The national goals on that front are 35 percent (to be reached by 2020) and 100 percent (to be reached by 2050). More than 20 percent of Danish power is supplied from renewable sources at present.

The Danish energy market makes this an attractive option for homeowners and other building owners. “The demand for solar cells has increased dramatically since net metering was implemented in 2010. Net metering gives private households and public institutions the possibility of ‘storing’ surplus production in the public grid, which makes solar panels considerably more attractive.”


Sue H (7)
Saturday October 13, 2012, 8:49 am
Green stars for Denmark!! Come on America, we need alternative energies.

Vicky P (476)
Saturday October 13, 2012, 2:28 pm
wow, good for them

Ben O (171)
Sunday October 14, 2012, 5:32 am
If Denmark can do it, why can't countries where the sun is shining 300 days a year or more...???

paul m (93)
Sunday October 14, 2012, 7:07 am

Good on Denmark...

Marianne D (12)
Sunday October 14, 2012, 9:13 am
Proud to be a Dane when it comes to energy:), cos we are doing exelent on solar energy as well with wind powered energy.

Christeen A (370)
Sunday October 14, 2012, 9:23 am
Yea. Please keep up the good work Denmark.

Charlene Rush (79)
Sunday October 14, 2012, 2:02 pm
Gee, and what have the conservatives been telling us for years?
You can't make solar and wind work that quickly.

Here's another country that beat us to the punch.

Anthony Hilbert (6)
Sunday October 14, 2012, 2:07 pm
Another reason conservatives don't like examples like this is that it shows how individual effort flourishes within - not against - a supportive state. It wouldn't be worth most people's while having solar if they had to store power themselves, but by using the national network as a buffer, individuals can make their contribution to saving energy and save themselves money.

Works fine for me.

Sharon W. (4)
Sunday October 14, 2012, 3:43 pm
That is fantastic! I hope that other countries will follow this example.
Also, I hope that Denmark continues installing solar panels.

Lois Jordan (63)
Sunday October 14, 2012, 6:09 pm
Noted & thanks for posting, Michael. Looks like some countries know how to manage their money....too bad the US Congress is so corrupt.

Monica D (580)
Sunday October 14, 2012, 7:30 pm
Good! Go solar and wind!

Terri Lambert (3)
Sunday October 14, 2012, 9:10 pm
I am so happy about Denmark! Too bad that the U.S. isn't the leader in clean, renewable power, as we SHOULD be. If the Republicans win this election, we'll continue to be EVEN MORE BEHIND. Clean energy is an important industry the U.S. NEEDS to hold a strong position economically. We need it for the future of this planet, as well as for future generations. Republicans do not support clean energy, and in general have been making "sweet" (no tax) deals for the Corporations who pollute!

Anthony Hilbert (6)
Monday October 15, 2012, 12:20 am
In the flurry about the US solar firm which collapsed despite Government support, nobody commented on the fact that the reason it collapsed was competition from imported systems. And the reason it couldn't compete with the foreign firms was that they had a head start of ten or twenty years of product development and customer base, supported by their governments while the US government was propping up Big Oil.

It's as if the rest of the world had been developing automobiles while the US was pouring money into keeping horse-buggies on the road.

Frans Badenhorst (582)
Monday October 15, 2012, 4:44 am
that's how it's done... big up to Denmark

Cheryl B (64)
Monday October 15, 2012, 4:46 am
great news

Sam E M (0)
Monday October 15, 2012, 7:46 am
Denmark leading the way again... well done, and let's hope other countries will follow their wonderful example. :)

Gvapo T (22)
Tuesday October 16, 2012, 4:59 am
I would me more than happy if my country would follow this fantastic example!
Bravo Denmark!
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