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German Q1 wind, solar output up 40% on year at 22.7 TWh: data


German wind and solar output for the first three months of 2014 was 22.7 TWh, a gain of 40% or 6.5 TWh compared with a year earlier, according to Platts PowerVision data.

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Wind turbines generated almost 17 TWh of electricity in the first quarter, up 31% from Q1 2013, while solar panels generated 5.7 TWh, 74% more than a year earlier.

Solar output in particular reached a number of seasonal records despite a sharp slowdown in new additions, as March 2014 was the third-sunniest March since records began in 1951 with 185 sunshine hours, according to German weather service DWD.

Solar output peaked above 20 GW for seven consecutive days between March 7-14, and rising to almost 23 GW for the first time during the winter season on March 20, the data shows. Installed wind and solar capacity has risen by just over 10% over the past year as Germany's combined wind and solar portfolio is now standing above 70 GW, making wind and solar Germany's largest sources of power, when measured by installed capacity.

--Andreas Franke,
--Edited by James Leech,