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Germany Set Renewables Record

Chris Hurcombe
by Chris Hurcombe August 2, 2012
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Germany boasted a record 67.9 billion kilowatt hours of renewable energy for the first six months 2012, an increase of 19.5 percent from the same period last year, according to a new commercial energy report this week.

Now accounting for 25% of energy production, up from 21% last year, Germany’s energy industry association (BDEW) said the sharp increase in renewable energy production “reinforced Germany’s position as a leader in green technology.”

The largest contributor to this green power record was wind power, accounting for 9.2 percent of all energy output, whilst biomass, made up 5.7 percent and solar technology for 5.3 percent.

Germany Set Renewables Record

Following their incredible feat of meeting 50% of the nations energy demand with sunlight, it was no surprise that solar power saw the biggest increase, up 47 percent from the previous year. Germany is the world’s top market for power converted from solar radiation and its installed capacity accounts for more than a third of the global total.

Germany aims to derive 35 percent of its total energy needs from renewable sources by 2035.

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What do you think we can achieve in the UK, are we ever going to reach these kind of goals? or is it all a bit of a pipe dream.  With the rate of new solar panels starting to decline, have we already done what we can, or our we waiting for the technology to improve further.

Whats your companies renewables goal going to be over the next 5-years.