Solar panels in Germany. Author: Schwarzerkater. License: Creative Commons. Attribution-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic
Germany sourced 35% of its electricity from renewables in the first half of 2017, achieving a year-on-year increase of two percentage points.
This is according to calculations by the Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research in Baden-Wuerttemberg (ZSW) and the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW). Stefan Kapferer, chairman of BDEW's General Executive Management Board, noted that the expansion of the grid needs to be accelerated to match renewable energy capacity additions to cut “the enormous costs” of stabilising networks.
The table shows renewable power production statistics, as given by ZSW and BDEW.
Generation in billion kWh
Municipal solid waste
In July the German Renewable Energy Federation (BEE) said the share of renewables in Germany's final energy consumption had climbed to 15.2% in the first half of 2017 from 14.8% a year ago.