The world has been closely watching Germany’s renewable energy industry this year. Now the German utilities’ industry association BDEW has announced that the country’s solar power production is up over 50 percent in 2012, thanks to a wealth of photovoltaic installations.
From January to September of this year, solar power production jumped from 16,500 gigawatt hours during the same period last year to 25,000 gigawatts this year. That means the share of solar power in Germany went up from 4.1 percent to 6.1 percent.
During the same period, wind power also grew from 8.0 to 8.6 percent. Additionally, biomass plants now account for almost 6 percent.
BDEW said in its statement that 26 percent of all the electricity produced in Germany during the first nine months of 2012 were from renewable sources, like solar, wind and biomass.
A recent controversy about rate increases in Germany has split support for renewable energy in the country. German consumers pay about 3.69 cents a kilowatt-hour as a way to fund renewable energy development within the country. But now the four grid companies operating in Germany have increased that fee by 47 percent to 6.8 cents/kWh. (To read more about that, click here.)