Germany Sets Another Record: 5.1 Terawatt-Hours of Solar in July
Germany set a new record in July by providing 5.1 terawatt-hours of electricity from solar. That beat its record production of 5.0 terawatt-hours of electricity from wind in January of this year.
These records are impressive even for a country that owns nearly a third of the world’s installed solar capacity. They are even more impressive considering that Germany’s solar resource is not as good as New England’s, and that it is still pioneering offshore wind in the North Sea.
But there are several other important numbers to notice in Germany’s 2013 electricity production.
First, Germany’s installed solar capacity as of July 22, 2013, according to the Fraunhofer Institute’s Bruno Burger, was 34,558 megawatts. By contrast, the GTM Research Q1 2013 U.S. Solar Market Insight report put the U.S. installed PV capacity at 7,962 megawatts (with another 6 megawatts of concentrating solar power installed capacity).