Germany is to export more solar power in 2018 than in 2017 as part of a new initiative to reduce emissions.
In 2018, the German government will export solar PV power from Germany’s first-ever “green energy” plant to the United States to meet its energy needs.
The project, called the Solar Greenhouse, is part of Germany’s efforts to transition away from fossil fuels.
The country has already exported about 1.3 billion kWh (3.2 billion kilowatt hours) of solar power to the U.S. since it was first installed in 2014.
That figure will rise to 1.7 billion kWh by 2019, the Federal Ministry of the Environment (BMW) said in a statement on Friday.
Solar power plants in Germany are not the only ones benefiting from the program.
Germany’s solar power exports also have a good future, said Björn Weidmann, director of the German Renewable Energy Research Institute (BIER).
“This is a good sign,” he told Business Insider.
“If Germany continues to increase its solar capacity, the amount of solar energy we will export from Germany to the US will continue to increase.”
“Germany is leading in the solar energy market, so this is a huge step forward in terms of our solar energy exports,” he said.