Germany’s renewables sector overtakes coal in record-breaking year
04 January, 2019
Renewables overtook coal as Germany’s main source of energy for the first time in 2018, making up just over 40% of electricity production in the country.
According to research by Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems, renewable energy sources produced around 219TWh last year, up 4.3% on 2017.
That study found that electricity output from coal, gas and hydropower declined in 2018.
Solar power increased by 16% to produce 45.7TWh due to a hot summer, while installed capacity increased by 3.2GW to 45.5GW.
Combined onshore and offshore wind power produced 111TWh with capacity of just under 60GW, making up 20.4% of Germany’s total output.
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