Germany adds 944 MW of solar, 298 MW of onshore wind in March
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Germany connected 943.7 MW of new solar installations to the power grid in March and deployed 298.4 MW of new onshore wind capacity, according to data published by the Federal Network Agency.
The expansion of solar energy is gathering further momentum but needs to accelerate more to 1,557 MW of monthly installations to reach the 2030 target. The majority of the new solar systems in March were installed under the EEG scheme -- 608 MW receive state subsidies with rooftop installations accounting for 589.4 MW. Further 133.6 MW represent projects awarded in tenders by the Federal Network Agency. With a total capacity of 193.3 MW, ground-mounted solar parks accounted for the majority of the 203.5 MW of solar systems that were added without state subsidies.
Onshore wind also continued to grow in March, reaching the second-highest level over the last twelve months. The deployment rate must, however, double to 607 MW per month so that the target of 115 GW in 2030 is reached.
In the first three months of 2023, Germany granted permits for the installation of 335 wind turbines of a combined 1,853 MW with March witnessing an acceleration with the approval of 1,056 MW of new capacity.
At the end of March, Germany had 70.15 GW of solar, 58.54 GW of onshore wind and 8.27 GW of offshore wind capacity in operation.
The table below gives more details about net new capacity installed in Germany in the first quarter of 2023.
Capacity in MW
On a federal-state level, Bavaria was a leader in solar energy deployment with 598.4 MW added in the first three months of the year. The southern state, however, lagged behind in terms of onshore wind energy with only 18.3 MW of new turbines. Schleswig-Holstein in the wind-swept north topped the list with 159.7 MW of newly installed onshore wind in the first quarter of 2023.
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