Solar boosts German renewable energy

2012-12-18 22:05

Berlin - German utilities say this year's share of renewable energies in the country's electricity production is forecast to rise some 15% on the year, largely on the back of a continuing solar-power boom.

Utilities' industry association BDEW said on Tuesday the share of wind, solar and biomass power is expected to rise from 20% in 2011 to 23% this year.

Strong growth in new solar power installations - helped by subsidies - is expected to lead to a solar output surge of 47% to 28.5 billion kW/h in 2011.

Germany decided last year to phase out nuclear power by 2022 and replace it with renewable energies. They're expected to produce 40% of the country's energy by then, and 80% by 2050.

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