Green power is on the rise in Germany.
Over the last 15 years, the share of renewable energy in the country’s public net electricity generation – i.e., the electricity mix fed into the public power grid – rose from 8.5 percent to a record 40.4 percent, according to calculations from the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE.
In 2018, a total of 219 terawatts hours of green electricity was generated in Germany, an increase of 4.3 percent compared to 2017.
Wind power topped the list of green electricity sources, accounting for 20.4 of all electricity generated, and was followed by solar energy (8.4%), biomass (8.3%) and hydropower (3.2%).
Solar energy rose by 16 percent, which was the largest relative increase.
There was also a decrease in net electricity generated from coal and gas. By 2030, the German government aims to increase the share of renewable energy in the electricity mix to 65 percent.