26.6 GW PV Capacity at End of Q1 2012 – More Than 22 GW Solar Generation on 25/26 May

According to preliminary figures from the German Federal Network Agency (BNetzA), newly installed PV capacity in the first three months was about 1,800 MWp. As of 31 March 2012, this would bring Germany’s total of installed PV capacity to 26.6 GWp. According to data from the EEX transparency platform, last Friday’s solar generation peaked at 22.4 GW, with Saturday not far behind at 22.2 GW, both at 12:45.

The 1,800 MWp are slightly less than the previously rumoured 1,900 MW.

The latest figures lead to the following PV capacity table per 31 March 2012:

 

Year Month MWp MWp
       
2009   3,802  
       
End of 2009     9,914.000
       
  01/2010 222.247  
  02/2010 163.280  
  03/2010 331.378  
  04/2010 454.045  
  05/2010 573.176  
  06/2010 2,108.905  
  07/2010 663.064  
  08/2010 363.394  
  09/2010 654.368  
  10/2010 334.910  
  11/2010 365.448  
  12/2010 1,143.463  
2010   7,377.678  
       
End of 2010     17,291.678
       
  01/2011 266.138  
  02/2011 99.710  
  03/2011 147.356  
  04/2011 198.948  
  05/2011 370.739  
  06/2011 630.301  
  07/2011 571.793  
  08/2011 612.564  
  09/2011 459.668  
  10/2011 485.629  
  11/2011 659.259  
  12/2011 2,983.129  
2011   7,485.234  
       
End of 2011     24,776.912
       
  01/2012 450.000*  
  02/2012 200.000*  
  03/2012 1,150.000*  
       
Total 31.03.2012   26,576.912*
       
 * preliminary      

In light of the installed capacity and the sunny weather in Germany on 25 and 26 May, the IWR Institute for Renewable Energy estimated that peak PV generation reached 22 GW on those two days. This was somewhat higher than the 20.7 GW for 25 May and the 20.4 GW that SMA projected on its website – but even the lower figures would have been impressive.

The aggregated ex-post information on actual solar power generation from the EEX transparency platform shows even higher figures. At 12:45 on 25 May, solar generation peaked at 22,401 MW. On Saturday at 12:45, solar generation figures reached 22,224.3 MW. Adding wind generation of 4,332.5 MW and 2,362.2 MW on Friday and Saturday (also at 12:45), combined generation from solar and wind reached 26,733.5 MW on 25 May and 24,586.5 on 26 May.

It remains to be seen what effect the record renewable energy generation figures will have on next year’s EEG surcharge, grid expansion requirements, the commercial viability of generation capacity that can balance the intermittent electricity supply from renewable sources, and the pending decision on cuts in solar feed-in tariffs.

Sources: Federal Network Agency, IWR Institute for Renewable Energy, SMA; EEX

 

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