Germany reaches 100% renewables for a few hours, 42% so far this year

Germany, the biggest economy in Europe, reached 100 per cent renewable energy for several hours on Monday, as huge output from its array of  wind and solar installations coincided with a May Day holiday when demand was subdued.

According to the official data, the combination of renewables reached 58GW round 1pm, compared with a demand peak of around 53GW. For several hours either side of that time, the renewable output was greater than demand, with excess power being exported to neighbouring countries.

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