SolarSuperState Association press release 8.1.2021
Denmark’s municipalities partially with net negative wind power additions in 2018
The Kingdom of Denmarkremains unchallenged in first place in the SolarSuperState Ranking 2019 rankings for the wind category. The grid connection of the first four of forty-nine offshore wind farm wind turbines in December 2018 was the dominant wind installation activity in the calendar year 2018. According to official statistics, three Danish municipalities saw their wind power capacity shrink in 2018: Struer (-150 kiloWatt), Aabenraa (-500 kW), and Roskilde (-1200 kW). The Royal Government’s unilateral favoring of offshore wind, natural gas, and petroleum is one reason for the poor environmental performance of many municipalities. Another reason may be local political indifference or incompetence. Jane Kruse, director of the Nordic Folkecenter of Renewable Energy in Thisted (Denmark), says: «Global warming poses an existential threat to all communities. That is why climate protection belongs to the top of the municipal policy agenda. The rapid replacement of fossil energy use by renewable energy use is imperative. Wind energy and solar energy are the most important renewable energies for all municipalities. Struer and the other municipalities must immediately tear down all useless municipal bureaucratic barriers to renewable energy.“
She adds: “Denmark does not need municipal greenwashing policy but immediate municipal action. The central government of Denmark should better control the municipalities and force them to reduce substantially their bureaucracy hindering renewable energies.»
Behind Denmark, the close fight for rank two resulted in a change in the category Wind of the ranking. Ireland replaces Germany (down to rank four) as number two. Ireland added about 80 watts of wind power per capita in 2018 and now reaches 727 watts per capita. Sweden stays on rank three. Austria overtakes Canada to reach ninth place. Canada added only about eight watts per capita in 2018. That is far too low for the state’s compliance with the Paris Agreement 2015 on climate protection.
By the way, Donald Trump (president since 20.1.2017) did a better job with the United States of America (rank 14; 292 W/c; + 26 W/c/year) than Doris Leuthard (minister of energy, environment, space planning and infrastructure from 2010 to 31.12.2018) did with Switzerland (rank 69; 9 W/c; + 0 W/c/year).
28.11.2020 SolarSuperState Association press release
Netherlands Master in annual photovoltaic additions, but must do more for climate protection
SolarSuperState Association, Thayngen/Kanton Schaffhausen
The Kingdom of the Netherlands accelerates the deployment of photovoltaics. In the calendar year 2018, the Netherlands increased its cumulative installed photovoltaic capacity by some 97 Watts per capita. Together with Malta (rank 9), the Netherlands (rank 10) replace Greece (rank 12 with 247 Watt/capita) and Switzerland (rank 11 with 254 Watt/capita) in the top ten of the category Solar of the SolarSuperState Ranking 2019. In 2018, the Netherlands outperformed all other states in terms of annual net additions of its capacity for photovoltaics per population. The Dutch solar power (263 Watt/capita) is larger than the national wind power (259 Watt/capita). In the category wind of the SolarSuperState Ranking 2019, the Netherlands achieve rank 16. The president of the SolarSuperState Association Wolfgang Hein says: “Net annual additions of 100 Watts per capita per year is not enough for the Netherlands to comply with the Paris Agreement 2015. The Netherlands can and shall add far more capacity every year both in Wind and Solar!”
100 % renewables in 10 years target
4.8.2019. The SolarSuperState Association requests from all states to target 100 % renewables in 10 years.