29 May '12, 4pm

Germany Meets Half Its Energy Demand From Solar, Briefly

Germany Meets Half Its Energy Demand From Solar, Briefly

Solar power plants in Germany peaked at 22 gigawatts of output for a few hours on Friday and Saturday, yielding almost half the country's energy needs from the renewable resource and setting a new record in the process. The not-particularly-sunny country has long been a leader in solar power thanks to favorable policies like feed-in tariffs. In the wake of the decision to shutter all of its nuclear plants , solar power will need to play an even bigger role in the future. That 22 gigawatts of output is equal to about 20 nuclear reactors. "Never before anywhere has a country produced as much photovoltaic electricity," said Norbert Allnoch, director of the Institute of the Renewable Energy Industry in Muenster, according to Reuters. And some think that Monday will have been even better: because it is a holiday in Germany and most workplaces are closed, there is the possibilit...

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