Huge untapped solar panel potential in German warehouses
- March 1, 2024: Vol. 18, Number 3

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Huge untapped solar panel potential in German warehouses

by Marek Handzel

Germany has enough warehouse roof-top solar panel capacity to entirely replace any reliance on fossil fuel energy sources.

GARBE Industrial Real Estate has claimed that the country’s industrial and logistics stock, if used to host roof-mounted photovoltaic (PV) systems, would be able to produce energy to replace the output of 36 hypothetical nuclear plants or 121 gas- or coal-fired power stations.

The German government wants solar energy to produce 215 gigawatts of power by 2030. In 2023, roughly another 7 gigawatts from new PV systems were added to the 60 gigawatts that were on-stream in 2022. GARBE Industrial Real Estate says this rate of increase would need to triple to around 22 gigawatts per year to achieve the goal of fully converting the German power supply to renewables.

The manager says Germany has 362.8 million square metres (3.9 billion square feet) of roof surfaces on top of industrial and commercial properties measuring 5,000 square metres (54,000

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