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Solar All Set For Another Record In Germany

Around 40 billion kWh of clean electricity will be generated by PV systems in Germany during the first nine months of the year. According to calculations by the German Solar Industry Association, the total generation figure from last year will soon be reached.

It's all set to be another record-breaking year for German solar, despite the best efforts of the federal government.

Image: Naturstrom AG

This year’s seemingly endless summer is officially set to close at the weekend, as Sunday marks the beginning of fall.

To mark the change of season, the German Solar Industry Association (BSW-Solar) has calculated how much clean electricity Germany’s PV systems have produced this year.

At around 40 billion kWh, more than 11% more solar power was generated in the first three quarters than in the same period last year, and the 2017 generation figure  – 39.9 billion kWh – is likely to be reached by the end of this month.

“The joy of the record harvest and a noticeable increase in photovoltaic demand is great. At the same time however, there is growing misunderstanding on why Germany is still heavily capping solar energy expansion,” said BSW-Solar Managing Director Carsten Körnig.

“After sensational success in reducing costs, the time has now come for a political reassessment and a significant acceleration of solar technology development. Existing brakes must be loosened and artificial market barriers must be eliminated.”

BSW-Solar has long been calling for a drastic increase in the annual construction pipeline and a repeal of the 52 GW cap for solar incentives, and says “unjustified charges” on PV self-consumption and tenant electricity should be abolished.

“These measures [that BSW-Solar is calling for] are overdue for redeeming stricter climate targets, flanking the nuclear and coal exit and against the background of the expected increase in electricity consumption, including for electric mobility,” the association added.