European Nations Setting Records in PV Output

Germany and Italy recently set records in the amount of solar power generation for their countries, continuing a trend towards energy sustainability. These nations, which do not have the resources of coal and gas found in the United States, began to switch their reliance for power to renewables decades ago. As posted on, the German Federal Association of Electricity and Water (BDEW) reported that the nation's solar photovoltaic (PV) plants produced more than 5.1 TWh (terawatt hours) in July 2013, a new record for the nation and the world. This represents a 19% increase over the previous record of 4.3 TWh in June 2013, and a 42% increase from July 2012.

Italy reported 2.96 TWh during the month of July, meeting 9.9% of Italian demand. The country had the highest percentage of electricity production from PV of any large nation in 2012 at 5.7%, even higher than Germany. This has increased to 7.3% in the first seven months of 2013.

Although not yet at the level of Germany and Italy, the United Kingdom has set a goal of meet over 37% of the nations electricity demand via renewable energy by 2022, according to the UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). Their report expects renewable energy output to more than triple to 123.4 TWh in 2022, from 40.7 TWh in 2012.