Tuesday, 25 September 2012

German Solar Power Capacity Hits All-Time High… Again

Initial reports say that Germans installed roughly 320-megawatts peak (MWp) of additional solar power capacity in August.

That takes total installed solar power capacity to more than 30-gigawatts peak (GWp), making Germany the first country in the world to generate so much electricity from sunshine.

There’s now more solar power installed in Germany than the rest of Europe combined, note industry watchers from Germany Trade & Invest, the national foreign trade and inward investment promotion agency. They’ll be sharing their insights on latest trends in the German and other solar power markets around the world at this week’s EUPVSEC in Frankfurt September 24-28.

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[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, September 25th, 2012.]


steven andresen said...


I'm sorry, but I don't understand whether solar power can now provide service at night. Yes, they have so many units of electrical power during the day, but do they have a way of storing some of that to use for their needs when the sun isn't shining?

Also, You'd think the Africans would have more potential at supplying themselves with solar power than the Germans. I imagine German weather and how far north they are limits what they could potentially produce.


SpookyOne said...


You can store electrical energy in batteries overnight. Solar unmanned aircraft, now under development, do this so they can function after the sun goes down.

I think the solar power stations would need to be many (overcapacity) to deal with night time power needs. Unlike hydro, they have that problem with the Earth's rotation.

And Africa would benefit immensely from solar technology but lack the ability to develop it. People with vision in those countries need to organise and make such things a priority.

It's amazing the Germans have gone down this solar road considering European weather - however, the latest generation solar cells can still operate in the shade, rather than requiring direct sunlight.

The Germans are setting a good example for the world - taking advantage of their overall technological superiority.