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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

January 31, 2019  by The Associated Press

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.

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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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