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Old 02-08-2013, 02:31 PM
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The question is whether Shibani Joshi is credible when she says that the reason for Germany's success in solar is that Germany gets more sunshine than the United States. I've been to Germany many times, and I know that's not so.
According to maps put out by the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory, virtually the entirety of the continental United States gets more sun than even the sunniest part of Germany. In fact, NREL senior scientist Sarah Kurtz said via email, "Germany's solar resource is akin to Alaska's," the U.S. state with by far the lowest annual average of direct solar energy.