March 8 (Now Renewable) – Germany’s renewable power generation accounted for 47% of Germany’s overall power generation mix in 2020, up from 42.3% a year ago, new statistics show.
According to data released on Friday by the country’s Federal Statistical Office (Destatis), the share of renewable electricity supplied to the national grid last year was at a record high. The share of wind power alone increased to 25.6% and thus outpaced the share of coal, which fell to 25% from 30% the previous year. The contribution of solar photovoltaic (PV) power generation has also increased, with its share increasing from 8% to 9%.
Overall, the absorption of renewable power output occurs despite a 5.9% year-on-year decline in Germany’s total electricity generation in 2020, which amounted to 502.6 billion kWh. Lower supply to the grid comes as a result of falling demand for electricity during the lockdown aimed at curbing the COVID-19 pandemic in the spring of 2020.
With a 53% share, conventional generation will continue to provide the largest share of Germany’s power by 2020. The shares of nuclear energy and natural gas are 12% and 14%, respectively.
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