BDEW: Renewables 26% of Electricity Consumption – PV Generation Increases by 50% in First Three Quarters of 2012

According to the latest figures by the Federal Association of the Energy and Water Industry (BDEW) for January to September 2012, solar power generation increased by 50% year-on-year. Renewables contributed 26% to electricity consumption in the first nine months of this year.

Wind power production only enjoyed a comparatively moderate growth. From January to September 24.9 billion kWh of solar power were produced compared to 16.5 billion kWh in the same period last year.

With 2.9 billion kWh of solar power generated in September alone, this month exceeded the solar generation in every single month of 2011, BDEW points out. The record month for solar power generation with more than 4 billion kWh produced was May, the association says. It attributes the strong increase to the ongoing strong expansion of solar power plants and the favourable solar conditions in 2012.

German wind power plants generated 35 billion kWh in the first three quarters of 2012, thus showing a moderate growth compared to the same period 2011, when 32.5 billion kWh were generated, BDEW informs.

Wind energy remained the largest contributor of renewable energy in the first three quarters, accounting for 8.6% (2011: 8.0%), followed by photovoltaics accounting for 6.1% (4.1) and energy from biomass with 5.8% (2011: 5.4%). Hydro power contributed 3.8% (2011: 3.3%) and power from waste incineration plants and other renewable energies accounted for an unchanged share of 0.9%.

According to preliminary calculations 26% of the energy consumption came from renewable energy sources in the period January to September, BDEW says. However, the association points out that due to the usual weather conditions at the end of the year the total amount of energy contributed by renewable sources for the whole year will presumably be lower.

Due to the strong expansion of solar power plants in Germany, the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) recently announced a decrease of the feed-in tariffs pursuant to the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) for electricity generated by photovoltaic installations commencing operation between 1 November 2012 and 31 January 2013 of 2.5% per month. This reduction comprises the normal monthly decrease of 1% (cf. sec. 20b para. 1 EEG) plus an additional decrease of 1.5% calculated based on new solar additions in the period from July to September (cf. sec. 20b para. 2 EEG) .

In total, renewables this year so far accounted for 26% of electricity consumption.  However, the percentage is likely to be lower at the end of the year due to weather conditions in the last three months.

Source: BDEW

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