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London — Solar generation jumped 25% on the year in April across Europe's five largest power markets, while wind remained below last year's level for a second month in a row, system data showed.

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Solar across Germany, Italy, Great Britain, France and Spain generated 14.2 TWh in April while wind generation amounted to 20.4 TWh.

The combined 34.6 TWh was up 4% on the year and exceeded combined gas, coal and lignite generation in the five markets, down 39% to 27 TWh.

Solar for the Big 5 set a new average baseload record at 19.7 GW with midday peaks across Europe close to 80 GW, Entso-e data aggregated by WindEurope showed.

Both Germany and the UK saw the sunniest April on record, weather office data showed.

Wind, meanwhile, averaged only 28.3 GW across the five markets -- the second month with an on-year decline, but with year-to-date still 18% up on 2019 following record wind in January and February.

Overall, wind and solar output across the five markets in the first four months of 2020 was 163 TWh, the energy equivalent of 323 standard LNG cargoes or 32 Bcm of gas burn in an average efficiency gas plant.

PLATTS EUROPEAN RENEWABLES TRACKER (TWh)

April
Germany
Change
France
Change
UK
Change
Italy
Change
Spain
Change
Big 5
Change
Wind
9.0
-3%
2.3
-1%
4.3
-3%
1.3
-14%
3.7
-21%
20.4
-7%
Solar
7.0
23%
1.3
19%
1.6
18%
2.9
32%
1.4
35%
14.2
25%
Combined
16.0
7%
3.6
5%
5.9
2%
4.2
14%
5.0
-11%
34.6
4%
FY 2020
Germany
Change
France
Change
UK
Change
Italy
Change
Spain
Change
Big 5
Change
Wind
60.7
24%
15.9
34%
27.3
31%
7.2
0%
17.8
-6%
128.9
18%
Solar
14.6
27%
3.5
5%
3.6
9%
8.1
0%
4.5
19%
34.2
17%
Combined
75.3
24%
19.4
28%
30.9
28%
15.2
0%
22.3
-2%
163.0
18%

Source: S&P Global Platts, TSOs

EU5 Wind/Solar vs Coal/Gas Generation (TWH)

Gas/Coal
Wind/Solar
2019
2020
2019
2020
Jan
66.3
52
33.10
37.70
Feb
51.3
38.4
29.70
47.50
Mar
44.9
38.2
42.30
42.60
Apr
44.1
26.8
33.40
34.60
May
42.2
31.00
Jun
42.1
30.10
Jul
52.8
28.90
Aug
49
28.10
Sep
46
30.40
Oct
52.4
31.60
Nov
55
30.80
Dec
43.6
37.20

Source: TSOs, S&P Global Platts (EU5=Germany, France, GB, Italy, Spain; German coal incl lignite)