German solar electricity sector expands further in May
German solar electricity capacity rose to 18.4GW by the end of May 2011, latest figures by the German regulator Bundesnetzagentur (BNetzA) show.
Although overall sector growth has slowed down since the rapid expansion seen in 2010, some 362MW of solar panels were installed in May 2011, up from just 202MW installed a month earlier.
Solar power generation became particularly important in mid-March when the German government decided to switch off 7.4GW of its nuclear capacity.
According to the country's energy turnaround package, approved by the parliament last week (see EDEM 30 June 2011), Germany will gradually increase the share of renewables generation to cover at least 35% of total power generation by 2020.
By 2030, green power should cover at least 50% of total production, rising to 65% by 2040 and finally to 80% by 2050.
Eurowind's Spotrenewables data shows that the highest average Peakload hourly output for German solar was forecast at 9.2GW on 27 June, according to Day-ahead forecasts. However, Day-ahead forecasts for average hourly output for July delivery have averaged 3.1GW. MV
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