18 Jun '14, 8pm

Germany

Germany

Despite being quite a grey country, with average solar irradiation levels worse than even the US Northwest and Alaska, Germany is the world's solar power leader. In the past couple of weeks, it just broke another three records. On June 6, between 1pm and 2pm, solar power output rose to a record 24.24 GW, according to the Fraunhofer ISE solar energy research institute. That was a Friday. Over the entire week, German solar power systems generated 1.26 TWh of electricity, another new record for the country. On Monday of the next week, June 9, German solar power output rose to 23.1 GW. Due to it being a national holiday and there being less electricity demand, Germany hit yet another record — 50.6 percent of total electricity demand. Naturally, the late spring sun helps with all of this, but none of it would be possible without Germany's strong solar power leadership and growt...

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