Schleswig-Holstein (State), Germany

Schleswig-Holstein, Germany

  • Target: 100% renewable energy
  • Status: Achieved - 100% electricity supply from renewable energy in 2014.
  • RES: Wind power, solar power and biomass.
  • Implementation: The German Federal State of Schleswig-Holstein is located in the North of Germany at the border with Denmark. It was the first German federal state to achieve the 100% RE goal. It  boosted its share in renewable energy within only eight years by 70%, starting from around 30% in wind energy in 2006. Today, Schleswig- Holstein covers its entire electricity demand with an energy mix from wind, solar power and biomass. It began in 2010 when the state’s energy policy formulated a target comprising a significantly higher share of renewable energy than 100% until 2020. In 2012, it was even announced that renewable energy would cover the annual gross electricity consumption of Schleswig-Holstein by a minimum of 300% in 2025. This was based on a potential assessment commissioned by the Schleswig-Holstein Ministry for Energy Transition, Agriculture, Environment and Rural Areas. By meeting this ambitious target, Schleswig-Holstein would not only account for 8% of Germany’s total annual electricity demand, but could also become an important exporter of green electricity. So far, concrete plans have been made in order to reach the 300% target, including the significant expansion of wind energy up to 10.5 GW on-shore and 2.6 GW off-shore. At the same time, solar power will be doubled up to 2.9 GW, while biomass-based energy production is only marginally increased.
  • Population: 2,881,926 (2016)
  • Area: 15,763.18 km2(6,086.20 sq mi)
  • Link: (In german)
Schleswig-Holstein, Germany