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Solar power increases to over 100 billion kilowatt hours in the EU

Münster (renewablepress) - In 2018 solar plants in Europe are heading towards a record level in the generation of solar power. Yesterday (12.10.2018), solar power exceeded the 100 billion kilowatt hour mark (2017: 21.11.2017), at an earlier point in the year than ever before, according to IWR, a Münster -based renewable energy institute. This emerges from data provided by European transmission system operators and analysed by IWR.

In the ranking of European countries generating solar power in 2018 (as at: 12.10.2018), Germany leads with 38.1 billion kWh, ahead of Italy with 15.6 billion kWh, Spain (10.7 billion kWh) and the UK with 10.2 billion kWh. France comes fifth with 8.6 billion kWh, followed by Belgium (3.2 billion kWh) and Greece (2.9 billion kWh).

An IWR extrapolation indicates that in 2018 power generation from solar power plants in EU member states is likely to rise to approximately 113 billion kilowatt hours (2017: around 104 billion kWh). In purely mathematical terms, that’s already enough to supply Portugal and Greece together with electricity for a whole year.

- Current solar power generation online in Europe and the EU member states

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Münster, 13 October 2018

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