Markt Schwaben (dpa/lby) - In view of the plans to accelerate the energy transition, the municipalities in Bavaria are demanding a right to a share of the earnings. "Realistically speaking, the ambitious expansion targets, in particular the tripling target for photovoltaics, are hardly achievable by 2030," said Uwe Brandl, President of the Municipal Council on Wednesday in Markt Schwaben when presenting a position paper on the power transition. "The new pace of Germany would also have to apply to the expansion of the distribution grid and the construction of ground-mounted PV systems and storage."
The communities are basically ready to provide the immense space required to produce enough electricity. "However, we need serious improvements in value creation on site," said Brandl. "To this day, the municipalities have no right to have them or their citizens share in the proceeds."
According to the position paper, tens of thousands of hectares of land will be needed by around 2030 for wind priority areas and additional built-up areas for photovoltaic systems. It is important that the space-intensive facilities are evenly distributed across the regions, emphasized Brandl. "The expansion targets must be broken down fairly and the settlement areas - keyword: roof photovoltaics - must ignite the turbo." Even if acceleration is required: "The municipalities know best where the systems fit. Therefore, planning sovereignty must be retained, otherwise the mood can quickly change."
The federal government wants at least 80 percent of gross electricity consumption to be covered by renewable energies by 2030. In 2022 it was about 46 percent. The share must therefore almost double within less than ten years.