Germany leads the world in renewable energy… villages are powering themselves with solar and wind energy and selling the excess to the national grid.
David O’Shea visits Schönau in the Black Forest, where residents literally seized power after the Chernobyl disaster by buying the local power plant and turning it into a cooperative.
Now the Fukushima disaster has brought renewed interest in their success, along with a pledge by Chancellor Angela Merkel to close all Germany’s nuclear reactors.
But a fall in government subsidies is threatening to cut the supply of money to small producers and there’s concern the green movement could lose some of its power.
WATCH - Click to see David’s report on the future of Germany's green movement.
On air: 17th April 2012