Berlin (dpa) – Germany is to generate most of its electricity from renewable sources within 13 years – if Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Action Robert Habeck has his way. On Wednesday, the Federal Cabinet approved the Green politician’s so-called “Easter Package”. It includes a huge catalogue of projects for the expansion of wind and solar energy and the corresponding infrastructure. Here are the key points at a glance:
- 80 percent of electricity is to be generated from renewable sources by 2030, rising to almost 100 percent by 2035. Currently, the figure in Germany is 42 percent.
- Offshore wind farms are to be massively expanded. Their capacity is to increase from 7.8 gigawatts (GW) to at least 30/40/70 GW in 2030/2035/2045.
- The construction of onshore wind turbines is also to progress much more rapidly, with up to 10 GW added per year. The target is 115 GW of onshore wind capacity by 2030, compared with 56.13 GW at the end of 2021.
- By 2030, the capacity of installed solar plants is to be increased to 215 GW, from 59 GW at last count. In addition, the annual expansion rate is to rise to 22 GW. Half of the additional capacity is to be installed on roofs and half on open spaces.
- The bureaucratic obstacles to local wind and solar projects are to be reduced. In addition, more opportunities for financial participation by municipalities are to be created.
- Grid expansion is to be driven forward, partly by streamlining planning and approval procedures.