Share of renewables in German power generation reached 40%
Germany ranks third worldwide among countries with the highest installed capacity for renewable energy generation. Only China and the USA are ahead of Germany. According to data available on the official website of the German Ministry of Environment (UBA), the installed capacity of RE plants in 2019 was 124.4 GW, which is almost 57% of the total installed power generation capacity in Germany. These impressive figures are the result of a steady increase in installed RE capacity, mainly due to the commissioning of new RE (wind farms) and SES (solar power plants) plants. The installed capacity of photovoltaic plants in Germany reached 49 GW in 2019, generated by over 1.7 million plants of varying capacities (including large SES of several MW, private solar plants for industry which reach capacities in the hundreds of kW as well as households that generate only a few kW).
The share of renewable energy in electricity generation in Germany reached 40% in 2019, while the share of solar power generation in the country's energy mix was almost 8%. At the same time, Fraunhofer ISE reports in the "Photovoltaic Report, updated: May 18, 2020" that the share of all RES in gross generation in Germany is over 43%, while the share of solar energy in total production is 8.2%.