Last year saw some 25 percent more solar panels mounted on German rooftops than in 2019 – that’s according to the German Solar Industry Association (BSW). The BSW also reported that sales of solar heating units increased by more than 25 percent in 2020.
“Whether it was solar cells, solar storage units or solar collectors, people were virtually ripping them out of our hands in the sector,” said BSW Managing Director Carsten König in a statement.
The share of solar energy in Germany’s gross electricity consumption has more than tripled in the last decade, reaching a new high of 9.3 percent in 2020, says the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE).
The German government has pledged to double solar power output by the end of this decade, although members of the scientific community have called for a tripling of current levels to help meet Germany’s future energy needs.