The final data is still coming in, but one thing is clear: 2019 was a record year for renewable energy in Germany.
Preliminary calculations released in mid-December put the proportion of electricity generated in Germany from sustainable sources at 43 percent. The comparable figures for 2018 and 2017 were 38.2 and 36.3 percent respectively.
Contributing the most renewably produced electricity was land-based wind power, followed by photovoltaics, biomass and offshore wind energy.
Germany’s Association for Wind Energy also says that for the first time ever wind overtook coal and generated more electricity than any other single source. Nonetheless, the industry has issued dire warnings that legal and bureaucratic constraints have to be eased if renewable energy sources are to continue to expand in Germany.