Solar panels on a hotel in Freiburg, in southwestern Germany, pictured on 10 June 2012. Photo: Christian M. M. Brady
The net annual energy generated through solar energy in Luxembourg has more than quadrupled over the last ten years.
According to information published jointly by economy minister Etienne Schneider and infrastructure minister François Bausch responding to a parliamentary question, in 2016 Luxembourg generated 100 GWh from photovoltaics, up from 20.9 GWh in 2007.
And with the number of installations tripling in that period (from 2,075 to 6,414), it is no wonder.
While progress is positive, it must continue if Luxembourg is to meet its plan to generate 11% of total electricity consumed from renewable sources by 2020 (of which 4% should be generated within the country).
According to a statement published by the ministry in September, renewables currently account for just 7% of the total electricity used in Luxembourg.
To speed up growth, the State announced in 2016 plans to install photovoltaic panels on 15 buildings, the cost of which is borne by the energy and climate fund, the parliamentary question stated.
Furthermore, the ministers said that any new buildings to be constructed will undergo an energy optimisation analysis and 1% of construction costs must be earmarked for the promotion of sustainable energy. This could mean investment in photovoltaic or sawdust burner to generate heat.