EU solar hits record height

Aug 18, 2021 10:37 AM ET
  • PV panels produced 39TWh in June-July 2021 which is 10% of participant states' electrical energy, claims Ember
EU solar hits record height
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Brand-new analysis by energy brain trust Ember exposes that, for the very first time, solar panels created a tenth of EU-27 electrical energy throughout their peak months of June as well as July this year.

Solar panels created 39 terawatt-hours in June-July 2021, up from 28TWh in the very same duration in 2018.

8 EU countries set a new solar record share throughout the summer season height this year: Estonia, Germany, Hungary, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal and Spain.

Seven EU countries generated over a tenth of their electrical energy from solar panels in June-July 2021, with the Netherlands (17%), Germany (17%), Spain (16%), Greece (13%) as well as Italy (13%) blazing a trail.

Hungary has quadrupled its solar share because June-July 2018, while the Netherlands as well as Spain have increased.

Estonia and also Poland have gone from near-zero solar in 2018 to 10% and also 5% respectively in June-July 2021.

Ember likewise discovered that solar still created less electrical energy than Europe's coal power plants, even throughout the height of the summer top.

The EU-27 has added 14TWh of solar generation each year on average in the last 2 years. Nonetheless, according to the European Commission, yearly development in the next decade have to double to 30TWh in order to fulfill the EU's brand-new 2030 climate targets.

New solar electrical energy is less expensive than existing fossil plants throughout significant markets including Germany, the UK, Italy, France and Spain.

The worldwide average levelised cost of power for utility-scale solar has actually decreased from $381/MWh in 2010 to $57/MWh in 2020, Ember said.

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