During a recent Friday and Saturday two day period, Germany solar power plants generated a world record 22 gigawatts (GW) of electricity per hour, which is roughly the equivalent of 20 nuclear power plants running at full capacity. The solar power represented about a third of the total German electricity needs on Friday, and about half of the power needs of the country on Saturday.
After the Fukushima nuclear disaster last year, the German government made the decision to abandon its nuclear power plant program, and immediately closed eight nuke plants. Their remaining nine nuclear plants are scheduled to be closed by 2022. In the meantime, Germany has been ramping up the use of alternative energy, and currently is averaging about 20% of its overall electricity needs from alternative sources. Germany added about 7.5 GW of new solar capacity last year and another 1.8 GW in the first quarter for 2012.
via: Independent Online