Renewables Reached a Record 95 % of German Electricity Consumption on May 8

On Sunday, May 8, renewables reached a record 95 % of German electricity consumption at 11 AM. This means that about 95% of the country’s energy demand could be covered by renewable energy sources.

On Sunday, May 8, the sun was shining bright on most of Germany, and the wind was strong as well. Due to the weather conditions, total capacity of PV installations in use in the country reached 26.11 GW. At the same time, the capacity of wind power plants reached 20.83 GW, according to the calculations by Agora Energiewende. In addition, biomass power plants added another 5.14 GW, just as hydropower generation reached the total of about 2.75 GW.

At this very moment, energy consumption in Germany totalled almost 57.8 GW. Meaning that about 95% of the country’s energy demand could be covered by renewable energy sources.

The calculations by Agora demonstrate that conventional power sources were also actively feeding into the national grid. At 11 AM they generated a total of about 11.39 GW. In general, during the whole day on Sunday, power production was surpassing consumption, resulting in negative electricity prices.

Photo credit: “iStock.com”. This article was originally published by pv-magazine.

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