According to preliminary estimates by the Federal Association of the Energy and Water Industry (BDEW), renewable electricity supply in Germany exceeded 20% for the first time in the first six month of the year.
Electricity from renewable sources delivered some 57.3 billion kWh and covered 20.8% of the German electricity demand, compared with 50.4 billion kWh or 18.3% in the first half of 2010.
With a share of 7.5% (2010: 6,6%) wind power remains the most important renewable energy source in Germany, followed by biomass, which accounts for 5.6% (2010: 5.4%). Due to strong growth and the sunny spring months, PV was able to almost double its share from 2.0% to 3.5%, overtaking hydro power and coming in third. Hydro power contributed 3.3% after 3.6% in the same period last year. The change was due to the weather conditions, BDEW said. The share of 0.8% for renewable energy from waste power plants and other renewable energy sources remained unchanged.
The strong contribution of PV power reflects the tremendous capacity increase of 2010. A comparison with Q1 figures by BDEW, which showed PV still in fourth place with a share of 1.9%, demonstrates the possible contribution of solar in Germany if weather conditions are favourable. On the whole, the results fit in well with the governments aim of reaching a 35% renewable energy share by 2020, as recently put down in Section 1 para. 2 of the amended Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG 2012).
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