Germany leads world in producing electricity from photovoltaics

September 24th, 2012 by Germany Trade and Invest

Part of the 9500 square metres of thin film photovoltaic panels with a peak output of 837 kilowatts on the roof of a building at Riedel Recycling in Moers, Germany (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Germany installed roughly 320 peak megawatts (MWp) of solar power in August 2012, according to initial reports.

This addition has bumped Germany past 30 GWp, the first country in the world to reach this level of photovoltaic capacity.

German solar installations make up more than the rest of Europe combined.

Germany Trade & Invest industry experts will share the latest trends at the 27th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (EUPVSEC) from 24 to 28 September 2012 in Frankfurt, Germany.

“Positive market developments and ongoing changes in the industry underscore Germany’s position as the global frontrunner in solar power,” said Tobias Rothacher, photovoltaic industry expert at Germany Trade & Invest.

photovoltaic panels on a school on the outskirts of Kleve, Germany on 21 November 2010 (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Solarion AG opened recently its first flexible thin film solar cell plant in the former East German state of Saxony.

The company aims to target the commercial rooftop market for on-site consumption.

As the industry matures, the market segment of homes and businesses that consume the energy they generate is expected to see the strongest growth.

Leasing, power trading and plant management are up-and-coming service sector fields that are driven by the commercial rooftop market.

Germany Trade & Invest have produced a report on ‘The Photovoltaic Market in Germany‘.

 

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