Now This Is A Renewable Energy Rally…

May 18, 2014 by  
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Published on May 16th, 2014
by Zachary Shahan

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You’d think that a world-leading renewable energy country like Germany — a country that recently saw about 75% of its electricity production coming from renewables (at noon last Sunday) – wouldn’t need big rallies for renewable energy. Ah, but you’d be wrong. Everywhere renewable energy is growing fast, it is threatening extremely rich energy industries. Money has influence on politics all over the world, so that means renewables need strong citizen support to keep growing.

That said, since renewable energy is 1) owned by a much larger number of people, and 2) so much better for society as a whole, once renewable industries start growing, citizen support and action just gets stronger.

Take a stroll through these videos below to see how totally awesome a renewable energy rally in Berlin, held last Saturday, was:

Holy cow. That looks like fun.

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is the director of CleanTechnica, the most popular cleantech-focused website in the world, and Planetsave, a world-leading green and science news site. He has been covering green news of various sorts since 2008, and he has been especially focused on solar energy, electric vehicles, and wind energy for the past four years or so. Aside from his work on CleanTechnica and Planetsave, he’s the Network Manager for their parent organization – Important Media – and he’s the Owner/Founder of Solar Love, EV Obsession, and Bikocity. To connect with Zach on some of your favorite social networks, go to ZacharyShahan.com and click on the relevant buttons.


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  • If they keep this up maybe they will soon be in the top half in the EU-28 of energy coming from renewables. But more importantly hopefully they will be using less fossil fuels and get out of the coal burning top list and start closing coal power plants at a rapid pace.

  • This article has ithe distinct air of being preachy, almost evangelical towards renewable energy, something that makes the industry seem like it’s supported by a bunch of “tree hugging hippies”. In fact, increasingly is being run by those who see the economic value of renewable energy stead of fossil fuel production.

    • 1) We’ve published over 5,000 articles on solar energy, over 2,000 articles on wind energy, and nearly 8,000 articles on all types of clean energy combined. Needless to say, we’ve published articles of just about every stripe and color.

      2) The clean energy revolution isn’t made up of one type of people at all. It’s made up of just about every type imaginable. Inclusive, not exclusive.

      3) I wrote the article to fit the mood of the event and the atmosphere of this website. Evangelical? Maybe. The site’s name is CleanTechnica.

    • Hate to break the news to you, but the industry owes its existence to tree-hugging hippies.

      The hippies, in particular the ‘back to the land’ folks are the ones who used and pushed for renewable energy. Now that they have done the heavy lifting those who see economic opportunity are jumping in.

      (And that’s OK. We want fossil fuels gone. If big business is how we get there we can live with that.)

  • German solar uptake has gone down to a quarter of what it was a couple of years ago. The story in Italy and Spain is similar. It is needed indeed.

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