Alumni event

Towards the solar age: Germany’s recent solar policy reform

Fireside chat with Dania Röpke, Deputy Director General, BMWK

German legislators are about to agree on a major update of the country’s solar package, preparing the ground for an additional 100+ GW of solar power in the coming years. Hertie School alum Dania Röpke, recently appointed Deputy Director General Electricity Generation at the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Protection, will share her view on policy and politics of solar energy in Germany.

This event is for Hertie School students, PhD candidates, and alumni and is hosted by Prof. Dr. Lion Hirth

Please note: this event is fully booked.


17:00 Doors open

17:00-17:30 Light refreshments

17:30-18:30 Fireside chat with Dania Röpke

18:30 Event ends


  • Dania Röpke has been driving the energy transition for almost 15 years and has extensive experience in energy policy, with a particular focus on fundamental issues relating to electricity and heat, electricity market design and renewable energies as well as political strategy. She studied political science in Berlin and holds a dual master's degree in public policy and management from the London School of Economics and the Hertie School. Since 2012, Röpke has been working in the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs, where she has held various positions. She is currently Deputy Director General Electricity Generation. 

  • Prof. Dr. Lion Hirth is Professor of Energy Policy at Hertie School, a Berlin-based public policy school and founder and director of Neon, a boutique energy economics consulting firm. He is an energy economist and expert in renewables, electricity markets, and energy policy. Lion was a member of Germany’s gas commission and has advised clients across the private and public sectors, including the German government, the International Energy Agency, the European Commission, as well as transmission system operators, utilities and commodity traders. Lion is founder of Strommarkttreffen, a 5000-member network of energy professionals, and is among the most-followed energy voices on social media. Before acquiring a Ph.D., he spent five years in industry. His academic articles are published in the top energy economics and engineering journals, have won several awards and are among the most cited in the field.