France has a lot of catching up to do when it comes to the energy efficiency of buildings. The following two facts make it clear: 42.5 percent of energy is consumed by the global building sector; and French households spend an average of €900 per year on heating bills. The French government reacted to these issues by setting a new goal to reduce energy consumption in buildings. In 2009 a series of laws came into force. With the aim of increasing building efficiency, these new regulations set three major milestones.
It’s a good idea to use self-generated solar electricity: you can save money and make yourself independent from rising electricity prices. But what do I have to do to be able to operate the washing machine with solar power?
The second episode of “Photovoltaics in 60 seconds” gives the answer.
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The year is 2050. Wind energy and photovoltaics have been maximized to a performance of 300 gigawatts, and capacities continue to grow. Germany has become the first country to generate power without the use of fossil fuels, setting the bar for the rest of the world. This achievement is not only credited to a few larger companies or to politics; each and every citizen played a part!