In 2011, Germany’s photovoltaic power reached just 19 Twh for the entire year, 5 Twh shy of productions during the first six months of 2012. The ambitious spike in solar power consumption is thanks to a boom in solar systems being installed across the country, with more being constructed each day.
In just four months, the Germans have installed an additional 73,756 solar power systems across the German countryside, with more sprouting up each week. Combined, the new systems have an output of 2,328 megawatts. German homes and businesses already are responsible for 1.2 million working photovoltaic plants, which have been installed over the past few years with no incentives other than clean energy.
In 2012, Germany will have reached a total of 28 GW of solar power capacity, which far exceeds other countries of its size. With Germany’s lead, solar energy will reign in as the third largest source of renewable energy, and possibly push past wind power and biogas should other countries take lead and follow suit.