TUESDAY 29 MAY, 2012 |
Germany's Solar Electricity Production Breaks Record
It's a positive sign of things to come - solar power supplied Germany with
almost half its peak electricity needs on May 26.
At noon on Friday (local time), Germany's solar installations generated more than 20,000 MW
capacity according to the International Economic Platform for Renewable Energies (IWR) in Münster.
Director of IWR, Norbert Allnoch, said this is the equivalent to the output of more than 20 nuclear power
plants and the clean electricity was delivered at a time of peak demand.
According to Allnoch, expensive polluting peak load power plants
are increasingly rare or no longer
used in Germany, thanks in part to solar energy.
While Germany's shift away from nuclear hasn't been without its problems,
challenges are to be expected in any pioneering effort.
Last week, the German federal and state governments agreed to commence intensive consultation and coordination procedures as Germany moves away from conventional energy sources toward
renewables. German Chancellor Angela Merkel says in moving forward, "Energy
supplies must be safe, environmentally sound and affordable for the people in
An interesting point to emerge from news of Germany's record-breaking solar
electricity production event relates to Australia. A report on RenewEconomy
states while Germany may be the word leader in installed capacity overall,
Australia installed more small-scale solar
power systems than Germany during 2011 – 795MW of rooftop solar panel
systems of 10kW capacity or smaller compared to Germany's 759MW.
According to Sunwiz
Consulting, Australia’s solar market grew 61MW in the month of April, with
Queensland accounting for
40 per cent of installations.
The 61MW reflects the amount of PV registered rather than installed, but it is
still a fair reflection of the market says SunWiz Consulting's Warwick Johnston.
Mr Johnston stated a jump in registration of renewable energy certificates in recent
weeks is good indication installations will continue to sustain increased
activity leading up to the 33% reduction in the Solar
Credits incentive on July 1.
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