Gallery: Historic German Town Laying Down the Solar Law

Marburg Germany Town Hall

Despite the typical cloudy weather, Germany has become a solar energy powerhouse fueled in part by government measures to reduce greenhouse gases and bring more renewable energy into the grid. Voluntary solar arrays are common throughout the country on barns, residences and in large solar plants, but a new law proposed in Marburg, Germany, is making solar a legal requirement on private and commercial buildings.

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  1. feline74 March 9, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    I kinda wonder if there are structural issues to putting solar panels on wooden roof structures decades or centuries old? If so, they may be incorporating full solar roofs gradually as wooden structures need replaced for one reason or another.

    Know any civil engineers who can answer the question?

  2. gracerenity June 27, 2008 at 6:40 pm

    Yes, it is possible to get started with renewable energy. Just start! I get the feeling the U.S. may be upstaged in an embarassing way if we are not careful.

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