Thuringia: Solar is booming in Thuringia: More green electricity in the grid

Erfurt (dpa/th) - Due to a boom in solar systems, the proportion of green electricity in Thuringia has increased further this year.

Thuringia: Solar is booming in Thuringia: More green electricity in the grid

Erfurt (dpa/th) - Due to a boom in solar systems, the proportion of green electricity in Thuringia has increased further this year. In the first five months, it accounted for around two thirds of the electricity fed into the Thuringian grid, according to figures from the State Statistical Office in Erfurt on Thursday.

A total of 4,783.3 gigawatt hours (GWh) of electricity were fed into the supply grid by power generators from January to May, of which 3,149.4 gigawatt hours came from renewable sources - primarily solar systems, wind turbines and biomass systems. However, the electricity fed in from our own generation in Thuringia, which also includes combined heat and power plants based on gas, is not sufficient for the supply. Bavaria still has to cover a not inconsiderable part of its energy requirements with electricity imports.

According to the figures from the state office, the feed-in of solar power increased by almost a quarter, exactly 24.2 percent to 734.5 gigawatt hours in the period up to the end of May. At the end of May, 39,167 solar systems were installed on roofs and ground areas in Bavaria - an increase of 23.7 percent compared to the same month last year.

However, the electricity production of the 886 wind turbines, which delivered 1712.0 gigawatt hours, was significantly higher than from solar systems. Biomass power plants supplied 588.0 gigawatt hours to the grid, including the majority with 365.0 gigawatt hours from biogas. According to the State Statistical Office, the amount of electricity fed in from biomass corresponded to 18.7 percent of the green electricity fed into the grid.

Environment Minister Anja Siegesmund (Greens) aims to have 100,000 solar roofs in operation in Thuringia by 2025. This year there was a veritable boom in demand for subsidies for new systems. The funding pot of ten million euros for 2022 was already fully booked at the beginning of April shortly after the start.

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