Renewable Energy Information
  on Markets, Policy, Investment, and Future Pathways
  by Eric Martinot

Solar City Case Study: Freiburg, Germany

Freiburg, home to the Fraunhofer Institute for solar energy research, has had a long-standing history of policy for renewable energy, dating back to 1986. In 1996, a greenhouse gas emissions target was set, at 25% below 1992 levels by 2010. In 2002, the city council set another target, 10% of all electricity from renewables by 2010 (in 2002 the level was 3.7%).

Policy measures include city-financed solar projects, other demonstration projects, leasing of roof surfaces to solar power generators, research, subsidies, zoning, urban planning, and education.

There are 3.5 MW of PV and 8700 m2 of SHW in the city currently.

Page updated December 10, 2004
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