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Germany just broke its monthly solar generation record by clocking over 5.1 terawatt hours (TWh) in July, according to data from the EEX Transparency Platform. The accomplishment proves once again that a lack of sunshine is no obstacle to scaling up solar energy – and if the Teutons can produce record amounts of solar power under grey skies, then the potential for countries with sunnier weather and more land mass (like the United States) is limitless.
Germany also produces a massive amount of wind energy – and its 5.1 TWh of solar generation in July actually beat the 5 TWh of electricity generated by wind turbines in January of this year. The July solar record is 42 percent higher than at this point last year. To put Germany’s solar production in comparison, the U.S. only generated 0.764 TWh of solar thermal and photovoltaic (PV) electricity in May 2013.
With 400 megawatts (MW) per million people at the end of 2012, Germany leads the world in per capita solar power capacity. Germany is also number one in total installed solar PV capacity at 32.4 gigawatts (GW). The largest solar rooftop in Europe was recently completed near Frankfurt, adding 8.1 MW to Germany’s installed solar PV capacity.