Monday, 28 May 2012
40 percent of Germany’s electricity demand from Solar last weekend
Germany produced 22GW of electricity per hour, meeting over 40% of the country’s midday electricity needs. The Renewable Energy Industry (IWR) estimated this equaled the amount of power generated by 20 nuclear power plants.
According to Reuters, Germany has nearly as much solar power generation capacity as the rest of the world combined, with 4% of its overall annual electricity needs from the sun alone. It aims to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 40% from 1990 levels by 2020.
Since the Fukishima disaster last year, German Chancellor Angela Merkel overturned policy on nuclear last year, having already decommissioned six nuclear plants with the remaining to be shut down by 2022.
Allnoch said, "This shows Germany is capable of meeting a large share of its electricity needs with solar power. It also shows Germany can do with fewer coal-burning power plants, gas-burning plants and nuclear plants."