Germany nearly hits 100% mark for energy from renewable sources

Germany nearly hits 100% mark for energy from renewable sources

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On Sunday May 8, for an hour, clean energy supplied almost the entire German energy demand. In the country, first in the world in solar power generation, about 30% of solar plants are private installations

An important day for renewable energy in Germany: on Sunday May 8, at around 11 am, 90% of Germany’s electric power was generated from "green" energy sources. In particular, wind, solar, biomass and hydroelectric production reached 55 GW with the country’s total electrical power demand at 58 GW. Berlin therefore confirms its leadership position in Europe in the use of renewable sources within its energy mix. According to data from the International Energy agency (IEA), Germany is the world’s number one producer in photovoltaic energy: a goal reached thanks to a huge involvement not only from the energy industry but also from the German citizens, since 30% of solar power plants present in the territory come from private installations. The developments come as a confirmation of Angela Merkel’s choice to abandon nuclear power following the Fukushima accident (which calls for the shutting down of all active nuclear plants by 2023).