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More solar and wind power than ever

Over 49 billion kWh of Germany’s electricity came from wind turbines and photovoltaic systems in the first quarter of 2019. This new record figure is partly due to unusual weather conditions.

04 May. 2019
More solar and wind power than ever (Photo by Daniel Gregoire on Unsplash)

In Q1 of 2019, wind turbines and photovoltaic systems together generated a gross 49.4 billion kWh of electricity – up almost 25% on Q1 of 2018 (39.6 billion kWh) and a record for this time of year. This is according to calculations by the Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW) and the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW) . Unseasonably sunny and windy weather conditions are largely behind the increase. The electricity produced from January to March inclusive could meet the needs of Baden-Württemberg for almost nine months, says the report.

It notes that the largest absolute contribution was provided by onshore wind at 36.2 billion kWh (Q1 2018: 28.9 billion kWh), with the biggest rise coming from offshore wind – a third more than in the same period last year at 6.8 billion kWh (Q1 2018: 5.1 billion kWh). At 6.4 billion kWh, photovoltaic systems managed an increase of 15% over the previous year (Q1 2018: 5.59 billion kWh). According to the experts, however, this is still not enough to achieve the German government’s climate protection targets; that would require significantly more green energy and CO2 reduction efforts in the transport, building and agriculture sectors.