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  • Germany is expanding its renewable energy capacity through wind parks owned by the community, a model that has made the small investor a partner in its transition away from coal and nuclear plants.
  • Individuals can put in as little as 500 euros, going up to 10,000 euros, and reap a return from the Burgerwindparks in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany’s northernmost State facing the windy North Sea.
  • Last year, State produced renewable energy equivalent to what it consumed.
  • Community wind parks make it impossible for “one very rich person to buy up the entire venture.”
  • The political project was to get rid of nuclear and coal power plants, and produce all energy through renewable sources.
  • Husum Windmesse of Germany, aims to build a platform for renewable energy firms in India.
  • It was possible to put in big central coal or nuclear power plants using the police. But if a government was installing 5,000 windmills, it would not be possible to protect them using the police, should people oppose them. Building trust was crucial.
  • Germany was clear that it would shut down its last nuclear power plant by 2022 and was discussing ways to get rid of coal-based power plants. In next 20 to 30 years all these plants would come down, and no new coal or nuclear units were built. Those older than 40 years had earned their money and were not needed.
  • Moreover, although Europe, especially northern Europe and the U.S., had a responsibility to curb carbon emissions, the CO2 thus removed should not be produced by China and India.
  • In India, 4 ultra-mega coal power plants, each of four Gigawatts were given up, with a focus on renewables.
  • Both Germany and India had missing distribution cable grids. In Germany renewable power was produced in the north while the south lacked it. In India most wind mills were in south, while big consumption centres were in the north.