From DemocracyNow.orgHermann Scheer, one of the world’s leading advocates for solar power, has died at the age of sixty-six. The German economist and politician helped make Germany a renewable energy powerhouse and inspired many across the world to expand the use of solar power. Scheer had been member of the German Parliament for three decades and was the president of EUROSOLAR, the European Association for Renewable Energy. In 1999, he won the Right Livelihood Award for his “indefatigable work for the promotion of solar energy worldwide.” When he received the award, he described solar energy as the energy of the people. We met up with Herman Scheer last month in Bonn, Germany, for what turned out to be one of his final interviews. [includes rush transcript]

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Danny Kennedy co-founded Sungevity and now serves as strategic advisor. He is an internationally recognized opinion leader on climate and energy issues. He is the author of Rooftop Revolution: How Solar Power Can Save Our Economy - and Planet - from Dirty Energy (2012), a book that has been described as the clean energy manifesto for the next greatest generation.

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  1. FYI, Mr Scheer and the German FIT Solar and Renewables program, is most likely mainly responsible for ONTARIO, Canada, adopting our renewable Feed-in-Tariff which has moved us into no3 positionin solar PV behind Cali and New Jersey.

    Our programs were modeled after Germany’s and have been too popular with 21,000 applications submitted and 10,000 of those backlogged; http://fit.powerauthority.on.ca/

    Hard to believe but our solar irradiance average of 1200kWhpeak is half-way between Berlin and LA, and the COLD improves photovoltaic electricial output. (pls. don’t ask about snow….haha, which at 20-35 degrees roof slope slides/melts off).

    The Premier of Ontario has a goal of 100,000 solar rooftops and we have connected about 1,500 in the last 9 months. The OPA pay’s small, under 10kW solar producers, 80.2cts /kWh for 20 yrs guaranteed by the Government’s Ontario Power Authority.

    Explaining the German solar story, 50% of the world’s market, goes a long way here in educating consumers and business about solar pv as a PROVEN solution and I use Mr.Schneer’s story often.

    Here’s a in-depth 40 minute documentary from the CBC about Mr. Schneer and SOLAR Germany.

    http://www.cbc.ca/fifth/2008-2009/the_gospel_of_green/video.html

    Great blog and website!

    regards,
    Stuart A

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