The World 's Top Consumer / User Of Photovoltaic Solar Technology

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I. Case Study Introduction
Germany is the world’s top consumer/user of photovoltaic solar technology thereby produces the most solar power worldwide. With a climate much like the state of Maine, it is surprising that Germany now obtains more of its energy from solar power than any other nation – a total that is continually growing. The country uses a feed-in tariff system that mandate the use of renewable energy sources. This system makes solar power a consumer friendly option for power and thereby making Germany global leaders in green technology. Their adoption and success is serving as the global modal for nations wishing to lessen their carbon footprint.
II. Description of the environmental science behind the Case Study
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III. Description of general policy issues surrounding the Case Study The sun is expected to continue to burn for upwards of five billion years. That alone makes this energy source much more reliable than fossil fuels like oil or natural gas. There are many benefits of harnessing sunshine for energy consumption. Significant savings can be made from day one on energy costs, electricity consumption and carbon emissions. Benefits of solar power include the ability to harness this power almost anywhere without being tied to a grid. Solar energy is considered a “clean energy source.” The use of solar energy panels does not produce greenhouse gases, smoke, and other chemical by-products that fossil fuels produce (Advantages and Disadvantages of Solar Energy).
Further benefits include the fact that solar power does not release toxins into the air like greenhouse gases or other air pollutants and solar power doesn’t require any harmful digging or drilling into mother earth.
With benefits comes the drawbacks -the two major disadvantages to using solar power include the price of solar power and finding suitable sunny locations. While the “primary disadvantage of current solar technology is the up-front cost of the equipment. Because of the investment cost, solar power remains the most expensive way to produce electricity.” (Withgott & Brennan, 2011. p. 599) In the United States, it could take as many as 20 before a
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