Germany’s push and stunning accolades for solar energy is well known; and yet again, they set a new record for solar PV generation early June of 2014.

With a solar PV capacity of 35.948 GW (2013), and an increase to 36.315 GW by the end of April 2014–Germany is a world leader in solar energy installs.


The country continues to work hard towards the goal of having 35% of its total energy capacity generated from renewable sources by 2020 and a complete 100% by 2050.

According to analysis from the Fraunhofer ISE research institute, Germany set a record for solar production/consumption on June 9th 2014 with a total solar generation of 23.1 GW–meeting about 50% of its electricity demand.

Now ‘hold your horses!’–before getting all excited, specialists caution the record was obtained during a holiday which means less energy was being used as most businesses were closed leading to a lower than usual energy demand.

They also applauded the record, while advising that the logical next step for Germany is to focus on improving its energy storage capabilities which will help the country further take advantage of such record solar generation.

That said; analysts forecast that the cost for storage systems may drop in the near future, which means Germany is sure to remain at the top for sometime.

Derick Lila
Derick is a Clark University graduate—and Fulbright alumni with a Master's Degree in Environmental Science, and Policy. He has over a decade of solar industry research, marketing, and content strategy experience.

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