Solar power producers in Germany have set another world record in the solar energy field, producing 14.7 terawatt-hours of electricity over 6 months. Thatâ€™s 4.5 percent of the total power production used during the first half of 2012
Being solar energy, these terawatt-hours came in the form of peak-load power, covering anywhere from 10 to 50 percent of peak demand everyday. This record also indicates a 50 percent increase over the amount of solar power produced during the first half of 2011, a miraculous feat in such a short period of time.
About 1.2 million mini solar “power plantsâ€ are owned by businesses and households around Germany, producing record amounts of energy just from the sunshine. On top of this, new systems are still being installed at a rapid rate. Between January and April of this year, 73,756 solar power systems were installed, with a combined capacity of 2,328 megawatts. This puts the countryâ€™s cumulative installed solar power capacity at about 28 gigawatts.
With wind power and biomass leading the way, solar energy is quickly headed toward the spot as the worldâ€™s third largest source of renewable electricity, and it’s becoming a lot less expensive.
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Image CC licensed by Tim Fuller: Rooftop solar installation in Germany,