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  1. #1 "Germany now gets half of its energy from solar panels." 
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    No, it's "Germany gets half of its electricity from solar panels."


    Sorry Charlie - it ain't neither one.


    The more common version of the myth is debunked with simple reference to Germany's official statistics for electricity generation. And what they tell us is quite simple. Germany does not get half of its electricity from solar panels, instead the figure is around ten times lower. Last year only 4.5% of Germany's gross electricity generation came from solar panels, far short of 50%.

    And if you want to think that half of Germany's electricity comes from something green you will be disappointed. 46% of generation comes from coal. And just over half of coal powered electricity in Germany comes from burning lignite, perhaps the most polluting way to generate electricity on the planet.
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    Read an article on a farm site about a German farmer getting paid for the solar panels on his farm. he was paid 3 times as much for his solar generated electricity as they were selling it for. In other words, government subsidized at a great loss.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Retread View Post
    No, it's "Germany gets half of its electricity from solar panels."


    Sorry Charlie - it ain't neither one.


    The more common version of the myth is debunked with simple reference to Germany's official statistics for electricity generation. And what they tell us is quite simple. Germany does not get half of its electricity from solar panels, instead the figure is around ten times lower. Last year only 4.5% of Germany's gross electricity generation came from solar panels, far short of 50%.

    And if you want to think that half of Germany's electricity comes from something green you will be disappointed. 46% of generation comes from coal. And just over half of coal powered electricity in Germany comes from burning lignite, perhaps the most polluting way to generate electricity on the planet.
    Please don't confuse the liberals with facts!

    Great article BTW.
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