Germany generated more than 50 percent of electricity from renewables in March

In a first for the country, Germany generated 54.5 percent of electricity from renewable energy in March 2019. This is according to data collected by the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems. 

Bruno Burger of Fraunhofer tweeted the news yesterday.


The Fraunhofer data shows wind power generated 34.4 percent of the energy mix, solar power at 7.3 percent with the remaining 12.8 percent coming from hydropower and biomass.

Germany Trade and Invest’s Director of Energy, Esther Frey issued a statement in response to the news calling it “significant.”

“It shows that German investment in renewable energy sources is changing the way the country will get its power in future,” she added.

Germany has been steadily adding renewables into its generation mix as part of the Energiewende, which translates to Energy Transition. The company has pledged a low-carbon, nuclear-free future and has been installing both onshore and offshore wind and solar at a quick pace.

Despite the influx of renewables, however, carbon emissions for the country have not fallen as it has had to burn more coal than ever in order to keep the grid stable after closing its nuclear units in 2011 in response to the Fukushima disaster.  

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Jennifer Runyon has been studying and reporting about the world's transition to clean energy since 2007. As editor of the world's largest renewable energy publication, Renewable Energy World, she observed, interviewed experts about, and reported on major clean energy milestones including Germany's explosive growth of solar PV, the formation and development of the U.S. onshore wind industry, the U.K. offshore wind boom, China's solar manufacturing dominance, the rise of energy storage, the changing landscape for utilities and grid operators and much, much, more. Today, in addition to managing content on POWERGRID International, she also serves as the conference advisory committee chair for DISTRIBUTECH, a globally recognized conference for the transmission and distribution industry. You can reach her at Jennifer.Runyon@ClarionEvents.com

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