Germany increases solar power capacity

29 Jul 2010
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Germany is producing more solar power than ever, according to the German Federal Network Agency.

Reuters reports that the country has added around 3.4 GW of solar power capacity in the first half of 2010.

"We've had a flood of new installations," said Network Agency chief Matthias Kurth.

The acceleration of solar power production in Germany was particularly evident in June, during which a further 1.7 GW were added.

Germany is already the biggest producer of solar power in the world, with industry officials predicting that by the end of the year, facilities to create at least another 3 GW will be installed.

The German Federal Network Agency added that the increase in solar power capacity over the last six months is equivalent to what could have been produced at three new large coal or nuclear power plants.

Earlier this month, Reuters reported that Italian firm Enel had opened its new solar power facility in Sicily, with production at around 5MW of power, enough for 4,000 homes. 

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