Solar PV meets 4.2% of German electric demand in Q1 2014

By early April, solar was meeting a significant portion of mid-day power demand. Image: Fraunhofer ISE
By early April, solar was meeting a significant portion of mid-day power demand. Image: Fraunhofer ISE

German's solar photovoltaic (PV) plants produced 5.7 terawatt-hours (TWh) of electricity during the first quarter of 2014, according to a new analysis of German renewable energy by Fraunhofer ISE (Freiburg, Germany). This is a 73% increase over PV output in the first quarter of 2013.

This means that PV met 4.2% of electricity demand during the quarter, a very high figure for the winter months. Also during the quarter net electricity exports were limited to 1.5% of production, and generation from coal plants returned to lower levels than in the first quarter of 2012 or 2013.

“Solar and wind power plants produced significantly more energy in Q1 2014 than at the same time last year,” states Dr. Bruno Burger, head of the energy data group at Fraunhofer ISE. “Power production from lignite and hard-coal fired plants returned to normal levels after the boom year 2013.”

 

German PV output strong in 2014, despite politics

Germany met more than 5% of its electricity demand with PV in 2013, the second-highest level of any mid-sized or large nation in the world behind Italy at 7.0%.

With installed PV capacity reaching 36.9 GW at the end of the first quarter and record quarterly output, it is likely that PV will meet a significantly higher percentage of demand in 2014.

This is despite efforts by the German federal government to further reduce the volume of the nation's PV market to 2.5 GW annually, including measures to impose charges on self-consumption.

 

2014-04-09 | Courtesy: Fraunhofer ISE/German Energy Blog | solarserver.com © Heindl Server GmbH

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