Sun, wind, water and renewable resources have a growing share in the supply of energy in Germany amounting to 10.3 percent. Today, a wide range of technologies and methods are available to produce electricity, heat or fuel from renewable energies.
They make a decisive contribution to climate protection and secure power supply by replacing fossil fuels such as coal, oil and gas. Their use also causes less environmental issues and considerably contributes to the domestic value. Among the renewable energies, biofuels such as wood and biogas have the greatest share in energy supply. With regard to the generation of electric power, the growth of the wind energy sector – increasingly allocated offshore – is playing an ever more important role.
We face limited potential in Berlin
The rates at which the use of photovoltaics and solar thermal energy grows is also remarkable. In Berlin, the potential for using renewable energies is limited as there is a fierce competition for space, due to the dense settlement structure. Wind turbines can be erected only on large free spaces, the use of geothermal energy is subject to ground water protection regulations and photovoltaic or solar thermal power plants can generally only be used on rooftops.
The Berliner Energieagentur is a driving force for the extended use of renewable energies in Berlin. We always focus on the profitability of the plants. We are operating photovoltaic power plants and natural biogas fired cogeneration units at our own economic risk. Moreover, we conduct feasibility studies, perform potential analyses for our projects and offer implementation advice on the subject of renewable energies.