Lessons from existing debunking efforts in Germany

This background paper reveals that local community participation is a crucial factor for social acceptance of RE.

Since the beginning of the 1990s, the use of renewable energies in Germany has risen massively. Backed by ambitious political targets, various new actors invested up to 27 bn. Euro per year in renewable energy installations. Although myths concerning the costs and downsides of renewable energies (RE) persist in the public perception, surveys and research from environmental psychology show that social acceptance of renewable energy installations remains on a high level. 

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