Solar power sets new record in Germany

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In the first four months of 2018, German solar energy producers set a new record for the period, the energy utility giant Eon reported. Through April 30, solar output came to 10.1 billion kilowatt-hours, a company spokesman disclosed this in Munich.

“Compared with the same period last year this was more than seven per cent higher, and was even 25 per cent above the first quarter of 2016,” noted Victoria Ossadnik, the head of Eon Energie Deutschland’s executive board. The electricity produced can cover the average annual needs of more than four million households.

During the winter weather of March, sunshine was clearly less abundant than the long-term average for the month. But German Weather Service data showed that in April, there was an average of more than 200 hours of sunshine, above all in the south of Germany where much of the country’s solar power facilities are located. This assured a high capacity utilisation of the some 1.6 million solar power units.

Just in the region of Munich alone, there was more than 260 hours of sunshine. In Stuttgart and Nuremberg, the figure was around 250 hours. But Frankfurt had around 230 hours, while the northern city of Hamburg had some 190 hours and Cologne 180 hours for clearly more sunshine than usual in April.