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By Mathilde Richter – Re-Blogged From Business Insider
Klaus Meier lists three reasons for generating his own electricity in his family hotel in Germany’s southern city of Freiburg — “cost savings, energy efficiency, climate protection”.
Like a growing number of German small businesses, home-owners, schools, hospitals and industrial plants, Meier has opted for energy self-sufficiency.
Of the about 600 terawatt hours Germany consumes each year, 50 TWh are self-produced — about eight percent of the total — in a trend that has seen solar panels installed on home roofs and gas plants set up in factories.