Germany Reaches Solar Power Generation Record

by Antonio Pasolini on May 28, 2012

Europe’s ‘economic powerhouse’ can add solar to its epithet. Germany’s solar power plants reached a generation milestone of 22 GW for a few hours last Friday. That equals to 20 nuclear power stations at full capacity.

According to a Reuters report, that amount of power fed into the national grid on Saturday (May 26) met around 50 percent of the country’s electricity needs.

Germany is one of the most proactive countries in the world in the alternative energy arena and its ambitious targets have been driving the growth of clean energy in the country. It reacted swiftly to the Fukushima nuclear disaster last year. It switched off eight plants and will phase out another nine by 2022.

At the same time of the year last year Germany was producing 14 GW. Its total installed capacity is 26 GW.

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Erratum: This article was updated on June 1st to correct a typo in the first paragraph.

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