Perfect summer for owners of photovoltaic systems

08/02/2018

  • Sunshine duration in Germany from May to July clearly above previous year's level
  • Virtual power storage enables consumption even in the winter months

Hardly a cloud in the sky. The sun is laughing. All over the country, from Schleswig-Holstein to Bavaria. According to figures from the Germany's Meteorological Service, the sun was shining for 817 hours in Germany from May to June 156 more than in the same period last year. By 2017, it had been 661 hours.

Looking at the individual states of Germany, the sun was shining for example in Schleswig-Holstein for 909 hours, 275 hours more than in the same period last year. In sunny Bavaria, the sun shined for 771 hours, an increase of about 46 hours. Since May, people in the west of the country have also experienced plenty of sunshine: 793 hours – around 194 more than from May to July 2017. 883 hours more in Berlin and Brandenburg – a total of 213 more.

This is not only good news for outdoor pool guests and ice cream sellers: owners of around 1.6 million photovoltaic systems in Germany also benefit from more green electricity from their own roof. In total, solar plants in Germany generated more than 17.4 billion kilowatt hours of electricity between May and July, about 2 billion more than in the same period last year, according to SMARD.de, a service of the German Bundesnetzagentur.

Additional electricity that can also be used when the sun does not shine. With the E.ON SolarCloud offer, for example, private customers can have surplus solar power stored virtually and then decide for themselves when they want to use it.

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