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Published on November 20th, 2014 | by Zachary Shahan


Germany’s Renewable Energy Market, In Charts

November 20th, 2014 by  

Originally published on Solar Love.

Germany is arguably the leading renewable energy market in the world. It’s big in wind energy, biomass energy, and of course solar energy. Prof. Dr. Bruno Burger of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE releases charts one a month on the Germany renewable energy market. The following are the latest, released just a few days ago. My commentary is below each.

Germany renewable energy power capacity

Wind, solar, and biomass now have more power capacity online in Germany that natural gas and coal. Solar has more than any other energy source, followed by wind. That’s cool.

Germany renewable energy generation

Unfortunately, there’s still a long way to go before solar and wind surpass fossil fuels in generation. But solar, wind, and biomass together are now more than black coal and natural gas combined.

Germany renewable energy power generation change

Still, electricity from coal and gas has dropped a lot compared to 2013, while renewable energy generation has increased.

Germany renewable energy generation change 2014

Here’s a look at the same thing but in a different way, relative change in electricity production.

Germany solar wind energy complementary

Of course, as I’ve shown before, solar power and wind power are extremely complementary. It’s surprising how much combined electricity generation is similar from month to month.

Germany renewable energy power weekly

Here’s the same reality expressed on a weekly basis.

Germany exports imports electricity

Not only because of the growth in renewables, but partly because of it. German electricity exports have grown a lot in recent years.

Check out all the charts in the 200+ pages of the report here.

Reprinted with permission. 


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Zach is tryin' to help society help itself (and other species). He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director and chief editor. He's also the president of Important Media and the director/founder of EV Obsession and Solar Love. Zach is recognized globally as an electric vehicle, solar energy, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, and Canada. Zach has long-term investments in TSLA, FSLR, SPWR, SEDG, & ABB — after years of covering solar and EVs, he simply has a lot of faith in these particular companies and feels like they are good cleantech companies to invest in. But he offers no professional investment advice and would rather not be responsible for you losing money, so don't jump to conclusions.

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