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Germany produces 50% more wind electricity in 2015

Renewable power generation in Germany 1990-2015. Source: Agora Energiewende (http://www.agora-energiewende.de).

January 8 (SeeNews) - Wind power generation in Germany jumped to 86 TWh in 2015 from 57.3 TWh a year ago and helped the country reach 30% share of power production, according to calculations by Agora Energiewende.

Onshore wind farms produced 77.9 TWh, up by 39% year-on-year, while offshore generation surged nearly fivefold to 8.1 TWh.

The solar photovoltaic (PV) power output, meanwhile, increased by 2.4 TWh to 38.5 TWh.

Overall, renewables met 32.5% of Germany’s power needs last year, up by more than 5 percentage points on 2014. August 23 marked a new record for renewable power generation. Between 1300 and 1400 on that day, local time, 83.2% of all power demand in Germany was met by renewables.

The table below shows the share of different renewable energy sources in total power generation in Germany in 2015.

Source 2015 share 2014 share
Onshore wind 12% 8.9%
Biomass 7.7% 7.9%
Photovoltaics (PV) 5.9% 5.8%
Hydro 3% 3.1%
Offshore wind 1.3% 0.2%

Agora expects the share of renewables to keep rising in 2016, mainly thanks to wind power capacity additions.

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