In Bavaria there is a traditional emphasis on the use of hydropower as a renewable source of energy for generating electricity. There is also a growing market for biomass, photovoltaics, wind, and soon also geothermal energy as a means of generating electricity.
There has also been a major advance in the Bavarian market for photovoltaic systems. Today, Bavaria already produces almost half of the solar energy generated in Germany (photovoltaics). Bavarian companies are active in all stages of the value chain from crystal growing systems to wafer, cell and module production up to complete plants. The Bavarian-based manufacturers of solar grade silicon and solar cells are market leaders internationally.
Major manufacturers of solar cells, wafers or solar silicon have their headquarters or affiliated companies in Bavaria such as Schott Solar GmbH, Shell Solar GmbH and Wacker Chemie GmbH.
Bavaria’s renewable energy facts:
- In Bavaria, renewable energies account for 8% of total energy consumption, nearly double that of Germany as a whole (4.6%).
- Nearly 60% of the German power supply from water power is generated in Bavaria.
- Nearly 50% of the German power supply from solar power is generated in Bavaria.
- A third of all solar collectors and a fourth of all heat pumps in Germany are installed in Bavaria. More than 50,000 of those facilities were subsidized by the state’s promotional program which was instated years before the market incentive program by the German federal government.
- In Germany about 2/3 of the total geothermal energy usage occurs in Bavaria.