My son Adam, who lives in Cologne, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany, took a bike ride with his girlfriend Sina to Bonn, the old West German capital.
Don’t they make a lovely couple. Anyway, on with the story.
Now, some of you may know that Germany is a renewable energy leader, which many countries could learn from, and it is not surprising that Adam and Sina found this when they arrived.
In the distance they saw the Kennedy Bridge over the Rhein, and noticed something sparkling on it.
As they got closer they saw that it was covered in solar panels. 392 panels @ 230 watts each, producing 90 kW at peak to be exact! The installation was completed in May 2011.
The display reads that it was producing 57.6 kW at the time of the photo, and had generated a total of 66 MWh since it was installed last year. I think that is amazing. It would take me 3666 years to generate that much electricity with my system!
Don’t you wish there were more prominent installations like this in your neck of the woods to show the benefits of renewable energy? I know I do!