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Sunshine smashes records
New records achieved in solar electricity production due to great weather in Germany & UK

The sunny weather recently is not only a blessing for  those with a garden and a balcony, with the energy sector also benefitting from the wonderful sunshine.

Last Monday, the beautiful weather ensured record electricity production from photovoltaic systems in both Germany and Great Britain. For example, at the beginning of the week in Germany more than 32 gigawatts of electrical power was  produced by solar panels, reports the news portal Bloomberg.

This surpassed the previous record set on 23 March, and the share of solar energy in the energy mix subsequently rose to 40 percent on that day. In sum, renewables accounted for more than three-quarters of electricity production on that day, while coal and nuclear energy only contributed 22 percent.

In Great Britain, solar generation reached the peak value of 9.68 GW at mid-day on Monday 20 April,  and, according to edie.net this covered almost 30 percent of the British electricity demand.

Energy weather at en:former or RWE

The energy weather graphics of RWE’s en:former energy blog, which is posted on Twitter https://twitter.com/en_former up to three times a day, clearly show the solar records on Monday in Germany.

By 10 am, the share of solar energy was already almost 35 percent.

And even at 4 p.m. solar energy still accounted for 30 percent of electricity generation in Germany.

photo credit: shutterstock; Jenson

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