(Reuters) – German solar power plants produced a world record 22 gigawatts of electricity per hour – equal to 20 nuclear power stations at full capacity – through the midday hours on Friday and Saturday, the head of a renewable energy think tank said.

The German government decided to abandon nuclear power after the Fukushima nuclear disaster last year, closing eight plants immediately and shutting down the remaining nine by 2022.

They will be replaced by renewable energy sources such as wind, solar and bio-mass.

Norbert Allnoch, director of the Institute of the Renewable Energy Industry (IWR) in Muenster, said the 22 gigawatts of solar power per hour fed into the national grid on Saturday met nearly 50 percent of the nation’s midday electricity needs.

“Never before anywhere has a country produced as much photovoltaic electricity,” Allnoch told Reuters. “Germany came close to the 20 gigawatt (GW) mark a few times in recent weeks. But this was the first time we made it over.”

The record-breaking amount of solar power shows one of the world’s leading industrial nations was able to meet a third of its electricity needs on a work day, Friday, and nearly half on Saturday when factories and offices were closed. Government-mandated support for renewables has helped Germany became a world leader in renewable energy and the country gets about 20 percent of its overall annual electricity from those sources.

Nice to see someone making progress in this. I’ll never expect to see our do-nothing politicians do anything this innovative. We’re too busy running guns for Mexican Narco-Terrorists, destroying other countries for our oil addiction, or blowing money on better ways to control the citizenry. We better change this mindset fast, lest we become a footnote in history.



  1. RS says:

    What a pity that Germany’s peak power needs are not in summer, but in its notoriously cloudy winter, when the sun doesn’t shine for months at a time.

    German electricity now costs over 2x the US average. So expensive that German manufacturers like Thyssen-Krupp are relocating factories to less “enlightened” nations.

    • NewformatSux says:

      Shhh, renewable energy is the future. Don’t tell people it will cost money. California’s energy rates are set to triple from their already higher bills.

    • Dallas says:

      Here’s an idea ! When when the sun isn’t shining, we turn on some other energy source!

      This technique should work well for wind and all sorts of things. I’m a friggn genius!

      • pedro says:

        Only an idiot switches between sources of energy believing the system will be dependable.

        Then again is sheep Dallas, couldn’t expect anything less.

      • Dallas says:

        Somebody explain to Pedo what a grid is, never mind an intelligent grid. My sheeple training community service time allocation is exhausted.

        • pedro says:

          It becomes unreliable due to the still unproven nature of the generating tech.
          Even Marcus said the system has become less reliable but I’ sure you in your momma’s basement knows a lot more than people in Germany.

          All hail your idiotness Dallas

        • NewformatSux says:

          Coal and nuclear plants are not so easy to turn off and on.

  2. pedro says:

    Say Dullass, why don’t you move that useless ass of yours and put your money where your fricking mouth is. Move to California and do what you’re asking Marcus to do: put money into solarizing your new home over there in California.

    I know you won’t do it because you’re are just a momma’s kid living in her basement.

    • Dallas says:

      Why I like Texas! I live in a mostly puke community but in the Dallas blue dot (as is Austin, Houston and San Antonio). You know, where educated people live! The yahoos live in Wacko, Tx etc and the suburbs. All is good!

      I use Green Mountain Energy at 11cts/kwh too! They use a high % of green energy instead of the whale oil you use in Alabama.

      • pedro says:

        No, you like to talk the talk and not walking the walk, that’s what it is. Your brain has serve you well when time has come to rationalize all the senseless things in your life.

        • NewformatSux says:

          He’s also collecting money from the taxpayers to pay for his green energy. Wonder if Green Mountain gives you those details on their bill.

  3. NewformatSux says:

    Signs of delusion:

    1) PERSISTENT BELIEF THAT SOME-THING SERIOUS IS HAPPENING.

    2) DISORGANIZED SPEECH.

    3) FEELING THREATENED.

    4) GRANDIOSE BELIEFS.

    5) MANIPULATION OF FACTS’

    6) THE USE OF THE BOGEYMAN.

    7) SAFETY IN NUMBERS.

    Read more: http://theprovince.com/technology/Delusion+problem+with+green+crowd/6823927/story.html#ixzz1yeU74b4j

  4. bobbo, the pragmatic existential evangelical anti-theist says:

    Signs of delusion:

    1) PERSISTENT BELIEF THAT SOME-THING SERIOUS IS HAPPENING. /// Like eco terrorists hate America and won’t let the USA drill its way to prosperity?

    2) DISORGANIZED SPEECH. /// Like we should build pipe lines from Canda to Gulf Coast so tar sand can be developed to ship to china so gas will be cheaper in America?

    3) FEELING THREATENED. /// Like if we don’t drill on every piece of land possible, American will lose the battle in wasting more energy than any other society on the face of the earth?

    4) GRANDIOSE BELIEFS. /// Like we can drill our way to energy independence?

    5) MANIPULATION OF FACTS’ /// Like we have proven reserves of oil, coal, and gas that would make us energy independent if we would just provide more corporate welfare. You know, Shell Oil really pays a lot of taxes all ready.

    6) THE USE OF THE BOGEYMAN. /// Like we shouldn’t let our energy policy be dictated by Arab Sheiks?

    7) SAFETY IN NUMBERS. /// Actually, don’t need numbers. Just Rush the coke head Rush, the Koch Brothers, and 7-8 other Texass Oil troglodites?

    DAMN NFS – - you do make a persuasive argument.

    Silly Hoomans.

  5. NewformatSux says:

    http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/06/23/the-national-academy-of-sciences-loses-the-plot/#more-66150

    Sea level rise overhyped. Observed sea level rise has been 2-3 mm per year, leading to less than one meter in 300 years.

    • bobbo, the pragmatic existential evangelical anti-theist says:

      Excellent article–thanks for the link. The comments are a must read putting the OP in proper context. Still reading them, then on to the NAS report itself.

      So easy to be a nay sayer and pick at slanted interpretations of the data.

      WHAT NO ONE DOES other than the accepted science is explain what happens to all the carbon that gets pumped into the atmosphere. Being brain dead stupid thinking it makes no difference at all is …… pretty brain dead stupid.

      Amusing how that works.

  6. SchwettyBalls says:

    This will not convince the skeptics that alternative energy works. You can’t reason with fools.