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500,000 solar PV systems in Germany



500,000 solar PV systems in Germany

Ever wondered, like me, what Germany’s 500,000 solar PV systems would look like if they were placed in a neatly-designed animation that mapped their installation over a two-and-a-half year period between January 2009 and September 2011? You have?! Well today is your lucky day!

The following visualisation by Chris Davis and Alfredas Chmieliauskas provides you with an excellently detailed progression of the German solar market, from its relatively humble state in 2009, through to its almost overwhelming array of solar in 2011.

Germany, as B&GT has written about many times, is the undisputed world leader in solar technology installation. And if current trends continue, we might look back at this period as one of the game-changing times in the renewable energy uprising.

The heading of this piece is a not-so-subtle nod towards The Beatles’ “4,000 holes in Blackburn, Lancashire” line from their 1967 hit, A Day in the Life. Not as catchy, I’ll give you that, but congrats to those who got it before I had to explain.


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