Germany: PV generation overtakes hydropower for the first time

29. August 2011 | Markets & Trends, Top News | By:  Becky Stuart

In the first half of 2011, renewable energy broke a new record, having met more than 20 percent of Germany’s electricity demand. Also for the first time, photovoltaic generation overtook hydropower.

Photovoltaic panel in Germany with electricity lines next to it

Photovoltaic generation in Germany has hit a record high. Image: Torsten Born/Pixelio.

According to initial estimates by the German Energy and Water Association (BDEW), renewable energy accounted for 53.7 billion kilowatt hours, or 28 percent of Germany’s electricity demand in the first six months of the year.

This is in comparison to the first half of 2010, where renewable energy produced 50.4 billion kilowatt hours, or 18.3 percent.

As before, wind generated the most energy, having contributed 7.5 percent to the renewable total (2010: 6.6 percent). Photovoltaics, however, ranked second for the first time, having delivered 3.5 percent of electricity to the grid (2010: two percent). Hydropower, meanwhile, came in third, at 3.3 percent (2010: 3.6 percent).

Remaining unchanged from last year, refuse-fuelled power stations and other renewables accounted for 0.8 percent of electricity generation in the first half of 2011.


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