German solar shone in 2012

Germany’s 1.3 million solar installations last year produced 28 terawatt hours of electricity – 45% percent more than in 2011 – solar industry association BSW says.

In installations 2012 was also a record year, with 7.6GW in new PV added bringing total solar capacity to 32GW, according to figures from the German environment ministry.

Not all of the surge in solar generation last year can be explained through capacity additions. It was a particularly good year for solar power due to above-average hours of sunshine, says the ministry.

The share of solar in Germany’s electricity consumption has quadrupled in three years, says Carsten Körnig, managing director at BSW. “At the same time, the price of new solar Log in to read complete article.

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