pv-magazine.gifArticle published in PV-Magazine, January 2009. By Britta Danger.

At the end of January, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is to be founded. Its goal is to ramp up alternative energy sources worldwide. Over the past year, preparatory conferences have taken place.

Hermann Scheer smokes one cigarette after the other. Yet again, his fellow members of the Social Democratic Party in Germany are feuding. Scheer wants to make his position known in a protest letter. Under extreme time pressure, he is writing the note to the comrades in his office at the German parliament in Berlin. At the same time he makes sure that the press is informed so that the impact is greater.

Now, he can finally take a breather. His next job has a scope much greater than the political infighting within the SPD. The goal is nothing less than the founding of an international agency for renewables – something that would shake up the global energy market for the long term. As Scheer puts it: “This German initiative is our contribution to global development.”

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