Here's an interesting development in Germany's solar power production. Note the comments at the end (at the bottom of the article).
BREAKING: Germany Sets Solar Power Record (Again) — 23.9 GW
It has been a very sunny day here in western Poland, so I knew it was basically the same in Germany (it always is) and that there was a good chance Germany would break its previous solar power output record. So, I’ve been keeping an eye on SMA Solar Technology’s live solar power output tool
for the country.
Sure enough, a few hours ago, solar output climbed above the 22.68 GW solar power output record
Germany set in April. Not long after, it climbed above the 23.4 GW solar power output record
set in June. At its peak at about 1:45pm local time (one hour ago), the output got up to 23.9 GW. (Actually, I thought I saw it reach 24 GW at that time, but the replay isn’t showing it go above 23.9 GW.)
I’m sure an official number still needs to be confirmed, but a full 0.5 GW increase according to SMA’s site makes for a very safe conclusion that we have a new record. It is an estimate based on the output of thousands of SMA solar power systems spread across the country.
Germany’s peak electricity demand at midday is about 60 GW, so at 1:45pm or so, solar power was providing about 40% of the country’s electricity demand. Impressive. Approximately 1.3–1.4 million solar power systems were involved in creating that massive electricity output, our German solar expert
tells me. And about 8.5 million people
live in buildings where solar power systems are used to produce electricity or heat.