Look at the headline, “progress lags”.
You throw enough money at anything and you will get some results. If you gave away all electric cars, more people would use them.
I suspect you didn’t read the article which points out the Germans are spending 4 times as much on their renewable energy program as the debt owed Germany by Greece.
Also note that 20% is less than 50%.
But you will probably just try another insult to distract the casual reader.
The relationship of Germany’s expense on RE to Greece is an irrelevant distraction to the conversation.
The fact that I originally wrote that 50% was covered on the weekend by solar alone was an indication of what was possible, not a comment on current status. Don’t you understand that?
Lastly, the fact that since 2009, with a growing economy, Germany has increased its renewables context by 25% is an amazing achievement that proves significantly more is possible. Not sure why you don’t get that either.
To extrapolate a bit, assuming that this approximate 8% growth rate could be maintained, 50% could be achieved by mid-2016. If it dropped down to 6% it would be achieved by 2018. Slower means longer, but it still can be achieved.
The cost is an issue and the solar panel production industry in Germany has gone bust due to the Chinese. Of course, Germany has a near monopoly on the companies that produce the machines that produce the solar panels. And, by building the grid and corresponding technology to manage it, the country positions itself to take advantage of massive opportunities internationally.
I would kindly ask you to explain to me what it is that you actually disagree with. I just don’t get it.