Proportion of Renewable Energy by Industry

The differing environments in New Zealand, Germany and the UK has meant differing rates of take up in differing renewable industries.  Larger and longer rates of return through Tariffs in the UK for solar, for example, has meant a boom in investment in the solar industry (for more on this, please refer to section  Feed in Tariff Digression below).  Germany gave large returns early on wind technology early on in the implementation of FITs, which gave rise to a thriving export orientated wind industry (for more on this, please refer to section entitled Investment in renewable Technologies for Export – The success of Wind technology in Germany below).  Meanwhile, New Zealand’s plentiful Geothermal activity has been utilised by large utilities, rather than small scale generators.