The federal government wants to reduce the requirements for mini solar systems and also lower technical requirements for the powerhouses for the home balcony.

This is a step in the right direction, as long as all safety standards continue to be met. Because if the discount market giant Aldi is already attracting customers to its stores, then there must be greater interest among the population.

In order not to drive the often already overloaded offices into collapse, the procedure should be efficient.

A lot depends on the price of electricity

According to the survey, there are almost 59 million balconies in Germany. But the expectations of the mini-systems should not shoot into the weeds. So far, their share of electricity generation has been small. Surpluses that are not consumed locally are usually fed into the grid, which increases their susceptibility to fluctuations.

Whether the high demand for the plants will continue also depends heavily on the development of the electricity price. If this decreases, it will become clear who really wants to do something for climate protection.

But unlike e-scooters, for example, which mutated from a beacon of hope for the mobility revolution to a plague on city centres, balcony power plants could find a place in a decentralised energy transition.