31 Aug '12, 1pm

Italian Solar Generation Surpasses Wind for First Time

Italian Solar Generation Surpasses Wind for First Time

This may be the first time that a developed country has generated more electricity with solar PV than with wind energy. Gestore dei Servizi Energetici (GSE) reports that not only did solar PV development grow dramatically in Italy during 2011, as widely reported, but that solar PV generated nearly 10.7 TWh of electricity for slightly more than 3% of internal consumption. Wind turbines, on the other hand, generated only 10.1 TWh for slightly less than 3% of supply. Moreover, both solar PV and wind now produce significantly more electricity than Italy's famed geothermal power plants. Modern geothermal electricity generation was developed in Italy long before power plants were developed in Iceland, New Zealand, or California. During the past four years geothermal has consistently produced about 1.6% of Italian electricity supply. New renewables together generated 11% of Itali...

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