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Germany sees surge in new solar power as prices drop

Germany plans to switch off its nuclear plants by 2022 and is considering a proposal to stop burning coal for electricity by 2038


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BERLIN – Germany added almost 3 gigawatts of new solar power generation in 2018, about 68 per cent more than the previous year amid a drop in prices for new systems.

But the country’s solar industry association, BSW, said Thursday that Germany needs 7.5 GW of new photovoltaic systems annually to meet long-term energy demand.

Germany plans to switch off its nuclear plants by 2022 and the government is considering a proposal to stop burning coal for electricity by 2038 at the latest in a bid to curb greenhouse emissions.

Europe’s biggest economy depends heavily on reliable electricity supplies. Solar contributed about 8 per cent of Germany’s electricity last year.

At 46 GW, Germany has the fourth largest installed solar capacity behind China (174 GW), the United States (63 GW) and Japan (60 GW).


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