Solar thermal power plants are the only solar technology capable of large scale power generation. Although electricity from photovoltaic cells is well-suited to decentralized solutions, it still contributes less than one tenth of a percent of the power generation in Germany despite massive support. In contrast, solar thermal power plants are able to generate solar energy in large quantities on a cost-effective basis. Solar power from sunny countries can be transported to less sunny regions. This strategy helps to make power supplies both more environmentally-friendly and more sustainable, as well as provide stability due to its diversified energy mix and reduction of dependency on fossil fuels. Solar energy is almost inexhaustible: 1,080,000,000 terawatt hours of power arrive on the Earth from the Sun each year - 60,000 times the world's electricity requirements.