Solar energy transforms German town

21 Sep 2010
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Solar energy transforms German town

A former mining town in Germany has been changed beyond all recognition by the advent of solar energy.

According to the Financial Times, North Rhine-Westphalia was previously home to many of the leading German powerful industrialists.

Now it has been transformed, with Gelsenkirchen one of the towns to take advantage of the state's switch to renewable energy.

There are whole housing estates which run off solar energy alone, with resident Thomas Jeromin proud of what has been achieved in the area.

"Gelsenkirchen was known mainly for high unemployment and social unrest," he told the news provider.

"But the town fathers had come up with this idea of making the place known for solar technology."

The doctor moved his family into one of the renewable energy-powered homes and has not looked back since.

Writing for European Voice, Simon Taylor recently claimed that decisions taken by German policymakers can lead to technological advancements in the renewable energy industry.  

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