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Solar panels have produced about 10 percent of EU electricity during this summer’s summer months, up more than 6 percent from three years ago.
Eight countries in the 27-nation bloc, including Germany and Spain, set new solar records in June and July.
However, solar still produces 14 percent less energy than European coal-fired power plants during the summer.
“Europe was a summer break for the solar record, but it has not yet reached its full potential,” said Charles Moore, leader of Amber Europe.
“Solar prices have fallen over the past decade and we are seeing the first signs of a European solar revolution. But even at the height of Europe’s summer sun, much remains to be done before the sun emits more energy than fossil fuels. ”
Investments in solar energy have accelerated in recent years due to falling prices and growing demand between companies and governments to achieve net zero emissions.
The International Renewable Energy Agency said this year that the amount of renewable energy added to global energy systems by 2020 is more than double that of last year. He said marine wind and solar power plants have cut off new fossil fuels.
In the European Union, the Netherlands, Germany and Spain have generated the largest summer electricity – the fifth – from solar power this summer.
Hungary and Estonia, both of which generated the least amount of solar energy in 2018, saw the largest increase this year. The countries relied on the sun to produce 12 to 10 percent of their electricity. Solar power also reached coal for the first time in Hungary this summer.
“Those big jumps are” driven by a combination of support policies and declining costs, “Moore said.
“This shows that in the interest of politics, rapid de-carbonation of the grid is within our reach,” he said.
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