WIREC 2008: Germany's Renewable Energies Industry Provides Advantages to International Investors

    WASHINGTON, DC, March 3 /CNW/ - With oil prices exceeding US$100 a
barrel, the United States, and the world, is being forced to recognize that
fossil fuels may not only be damaging the environment, but also losing their
competitive edge regarding price. Germany is pioneering solutions to this
problem. It has demonstrated that renewable energies can play an important
role in a sustainable industrial policy - providing jobs, returns to
investors, and carbon emission reductions. Results from Germany and how to
benefit from them will be presented to investors at WIREC 2008, the Washington
International Renewable Energy Congress from March 4-6.
    Smart legislation has helped make Germany a renewable energies leader.
Its Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG in German) states that owners of
renewable energies systems, such as solar panels, receive a "feed-in tariff"
when energy from their systems is sold back to the local utility. This price
is guaranteed for twenty years and, depending on the type of energy and
system, can be twice the price paid for energy by private households, making
it profitable to produce renewable energy.
    Germany wants to be the world leader in all renewable energies by 2020.
This will mean a worldwide market share of over 20%, EUR20 billion in domestic
investments, and over EUR80 billion in exports. Furthermore, networks of
research institutes and universities work with industry to develop new
technologies. For example, the Fraunhofer Institute in Freiburg, Germany is a
leading location for the study of photovoltaic technologies. The German
government has pledged EUR15 billion through 2009 to aid advanced R&D
    Germany's favorable legal regime, strong workforce, and network of
scientific experts all contribute to the renewable energy industry's
impressive statistics: EUR23 billion in revenue in 2006 plus EUR6 billion in
exports and EUR9 billion in domestic investments.
    Many American firms are taking advantage of Germany's leading position.
General Electric, First Solar, and Nanosolar have all made major new
investments in Germany within the past two years.

    Invest in Germany is the inward investment promotion agency of the
Federal Republic of Germany. It provides investors with comprehensive support
from site selection to the implementation of investment decisions. Its booth
can be found in the German Pavilion at WIREC 2008 at the Washington Convention

For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Eva Henkel, Invest in Germany,
Phone: +49-30-200099-173, Fax: +49-30-200099-111, Email:
henkel@invest-in-germany.com, http://www.invest-in-germany.com

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