Over 25% of electricity in Germany now comes from renewable sources

Germany continues to lead the way in renewable energy use – statistics for the first half of 2012 show that 25.97% of Germany’s electricity supply came from renewable energy sources.   This year’s number represents a large increase over Germany’s 2011 results, which was 20.56%.    The percentage increase is actually accelerating – the first half number for 2010 was 18.3%. The largest increase over 2011 came from solar photovoltaic power, which had an increase of 47%.  Total amount of renewable energy produced was 67.9 terawatt hours (TWh).  (A terawatt hour is defined a being equal to a sustained power generation of 114 megawatts for a period of one year).

Here’s the breakdown from Cleantechnica.org – the stats show the percentage of the overall each resource provided, along with the increase over the first half of 2011.

  1. Wind power – 9.2%    (+19.5%)
  2. Biomass – 5.7% (+7.5%)
  3. PV-Solar – 5.3% (+47%)
  4. Hydropower – 4.0% (+25%)
  5. Other Renewables – 0.9% (+10%)
Germany 1H 2012 renewable energy production
Germany 1H 2012 renewable energy production

 

By way of comparison, according to the Examiner.com the U.S. was at 11.8% renewable energy production in the first half of 2011, although, to be fair, on an overall basis, the U.S. produces more renewable energy basis than Germany does – we just use far more energy than Germany does.

via: Cleantechnica.org

 

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