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Feed-In Tariffs (FIT) are policies designed to increase the production of renewable energy. A FIT law permits utility customers to produce renewable energy and sell it to their utility for a profit.
This is for all portions of the energy sector, solar, wind, hydropower, biomas, waves and thermal energy, any production of energy from a renewable source. As Judy demonstrates, by implementing a Feed-In Tariff in 2001, Germany, in just five years, was producing 54% of the worlds solar capacity, while the United States, 24 times larger, was producing only 9%.
Most of this energy production is on residential rooftops, farmers barns-almost half of Germany's energy production is produced on barn rooftops, apartment buildings, churches, schools and public buildings. It's not from big solar arrays in the desert.
That means that it is locally owned and that the increase in jobs are all over the place.
German jobs grew steadily in those sectors in 2004 through 2007, and by 2007, 250,000 jobs were added to the economy by sustainable energy production. By 2010 this figure jumped to 370,000.
Barnes also notes that this has reduced the cost of solar systems in Germany by 50%.
This nine minute clip is an interesting and informative presentation. Sustainable energy production is possible in Oregon and this organization is in the forefront of that wave.
OREP is a sponsored program of the Alliance for Democracy.