Vattenfall sees coal mines as potential sites for up to 40 GW of solar and wind capacity

The Swedish energy company wants to join forces with German BayWa Group to replace lignite extraction with zero-subsidy renewable energy and create thousands of jobs in Eastern Germany. Greenpeace voices criticism.
Photo: /ritzau/AP/Martin Meissner/
Photo: /ritzau/AP/Martin Meissner/

Germany's coal mines are lingering on borrowed time. This weekend, the German's pan-partisan Commission on Growth, Structural Change and Employment, coal commission in short, published its recommendation for the country to stop generating coal-fired electricity from 2038. There may still be 19 years to go, one would think that mining companies are hardly the place to launch a long-term career.

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