Red tape and reluctant locals cloud Germany’s solar power rush

Euractiv | Jul 28, 2022 at 9:39 AM
  • Two German renewable companies hope to build one of the country’s biggest solar parks among rolling hills in the eastern district of Barnim to improve energy security in the face of an unprecedented supply crisis.
  • Although the renewable companies Notus and Boreas this month overcame objections from the municipality that had stalled it for 18 months, they need approval from some 30 public bodies that can each send reservations on the plan.
  • The citizens’ initiative still considered the project too big, and the municipal council initially voted against it last November before approving it in July – coincidentally on the same day as the Berlin parliament approved the new renewable energy law.