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25 Years After First Solar Restaurant, Germany Breaks 25% Renewable Energy Barrier

Guests enjoy a pause for beer or a meal at the Rappenecker Huette, Europe’s first solar restaurant; Inset: Solar panels on restaurant roof (Frauenhofer Institute)

25 years to 25 percent. A good start towards Germany’s aggressive renewable energy goals. According to German law (pdf), renewable energy shall account for:

35% of the electricity production by 2020,
50% by 2030,
65% by 2040,
80% by 2050.
25 Years of Solar Family Fun

On the 27th of July, the Rappenecker Hütte celebrated its 350-year anniversary (how’s that for sustainable?) as well as 25 years since it became Europe’s first solar powered restaurant.


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