According to calculations made by two of Germany’s leading energy groups, wind, solar, biomass and other regenerative energy sources will cover more than 46 percent of the country’s energy needs in 2020.
That was up from 42.5 percent in 2019. Part of the reason for the rise was decreased power consumption as a result of restrictions from the coronavirus pandemic. But even if 2019 power usage is used as a benchmark, renewables would have covered more than 44 percent of needs this year.
The greatest share of clean electricity came from onshore wind power, followed by solar, biomass and offshore wind power. And various individual records were set throughout the year in these categories.
The German government has set an official goal of generating 65 percent of the country’s electricity with renewables by the year 2030.