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Germany: A photovoltaic leader

Munich-based alwitra GmbH & Co.'s installation of a Solyndra® photovoltaic (PV) system on a Parts Europe warehouse in Konz, Germany, is the second-largest Solyndra PV system installation in the world. In fact, Germany has established itself as a leader when it comes to producing and installing PV technology, according to www.thebreakthrough.org.

As of 2009, 15 of the 50 largest solar power plants in the world were in Germany. Solar power currently meets about 1.1 percent of Germany's electricity demand; some market analysts expect that number to reach 25 percent by 2050.

During the 1970s, high energy prices hit Germany and energy security became a concern. Germany focused more on the environment during the next two decades as pollution increased and the Chernobyl nuclear disaster occurred.

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