Just ten hours of sun fell on German panels in December

By |2018-01-18T21:17:19+00:00January 18th, 2018|Energy|5 Comments

During December 2017, Germany’s millions of solar panels received just 10 hours of sunshine, and when solar energy did filter through the clouds, most of the panels were covered in snow.  Even committed Green Disciples with a huge Tesla battery in their garage soon found that their battery was flat and that there was no solar energy to recharge it.

The lights, heaters, trains, TVs, and phones ran on German coal power, French nuclear power, Russian gas, and Scandinavian hydro, plus unpredictable surges of electricity from those few wind turbines that were not iced up, locked down in a gale, or becalmed.

Germany has long supported two incompatible ideas: engineering excellence and green totalitarianism.  Angela Merkel’s support of climate alarmism while preaching energy efficiency continues this discordant tradition.

But King Winter has exposed the weak underbelly of Germany’s energy policy.  Empress Merkel now faces a hostile political climate with no clothes.

The green energy retreat has started in the green energy movement’s own heartland.

Further Reading:

Germany gets 10 hours of Sunshine for December 2017:

Germany’s climate change hypocrisy:

Wind Turbines produce Zero Global Energy:

Mugged by Reality – German Climate Consensus Collapsing:


  1. Yukon36 January 20, 2018 at 10:41 AM

    Solar Energy the wave of the future to save on energy costs and cut back on environment pollution.

    • Brin Jenkins January 21, 2018 at 5:32 AM

      How will you balance load and demand with the vast changes in supplies as light quality changes? July is the best month of 100% falling to only 12% in Feb. We have non in darkness and little prospect of energy storage in the Gw load demand we make. A return to a different age would be forced upon us with a massive reduction of Global population if we follow the Solar path.

  2. ONTIME January 20, 2018 at 1:00 PM

    I admire being energy smart, by this I mean that develop newer, cheaper and more reliable means of energy production before you decide that the previous means can be safely abandoned..The technology has to mature as the present sources hold the line to keep the cost down and the reliability in place, try not to make energy a misery problem and lend some commonsense to the creating the replacement….The US has the means to e the #1 energy producer in the world, the top exporter and energy independent, if that isn’t God given, then what is?..We can produce, sell and maintain the US energy demands and have the cheapest rates, most reliable supply in the world and sell to the world market to fill our coffers…With this present admin, I believe we can and will achieve the goals and perspective we need for any and all of the country’s needs….Energy impacts all of your time and needs, let’s make the goal to make our energy supply the best and cheapest……

  3. Brad Gillespie January 20, 2018 at 2:42 PM

    Solar power is a dream come true — for those who get the large subsidies we all pay for as taxpayers. And of course, sunshine is free. Just ask the Germans, where it may be free, but not around too much,. Here’s the big unspoken thing about solar power: how much toxic waste is produced, producing the panels — in china of course, where it doesn’t matter too much. There are tons of toxic pollutants that go into producing all the solar panels — what happens to them, and the panels themselves when they no longer function efficiently? We never, ever hear about that aspect of this lopsided fairytale. Solar power accounted for .14% of electricity consumed last summer, and because of gov’t subsidies, is now in a non-capitalist conundrum: meaning production is very lopsided to those places that get subsidies — and china leads the industry. Hence all the solar power builders going bankrupt in the US, after setting up production via generous taxe handouts. How wonderful. Sunshine is intermittent in most places. The enormous amount of space required to generate very little electricity with solar panels makes them unviable, period.

    • Brin Jenkins January 21, 2018 at 5:26 AM

      I visit China and they rely on coal. 46 new coal powered plants last year.

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