July 3 (Renewables Now) - Germany's renewable electricity generation reached a new high in the first half of 2018 and accounted for 41.5% of the country’s total power output, show statistics by research institute Fraunhofer ISE.
Renewable power plants in the country produced 113 TWh of electricity in January-June, 8.6% more than in the year-ago period, and marked the first time that generation from wind and solar combined exceeded that of lignite-based power plants. Wind was Germany’s strongest renewable energy source after brown coal and was responsible for 55.2 TWh of the overall generation. Of the total, offshore wind parks fed 9.1 TWh into the grid and onshore plants produced around 46.1 TWh.
Meanwhile, solar power production rose by 12.2% on the year and came at 22.3 TWh at the end of June.
The combined generation of solar and wind farms amounted to 77.5 TWh, rising from 67.8 TWh in the first quarter of 2017, according to the figures, released on Monday.
Regardless of a slight drop in generation, biomass came second among the renewables sources, with production of 23 TWh. Hydropower plants (HPPs) produced about 12.5 TWh, or 0.6 TWh less than in the same period of 2017.
Brown coal accounted for 24.3% of Germany’s power in the six months, with production of 66.7 TWh, while another 34.7 TWh came from nuclear power plants.