Thursday, June 19, 2014

New Solar Records in Germany

Germany set several new solar electric records this month, including peak power generation and the highest proportion of the country’s electricity use. The latter was 50.6 percent near midday on June 9. That day was a holiday, but the electric generation is still an impressive achievement for a country that gets relatively little sunlight. New records are easier to set in June, the month of the summer solstice. The improving solar results show that Germany’s solar capacity continues to increase faster than its electric use in spite of the removal of most subsidies.