The solar power plants in the country established a new world record with 22 gigawattts of electricity per hour, the equivalent of 20 nuclear power plants at full capacity, between noon on Friday and Saturday of this past weekend. The achievement is also equivalent to 50% of the basic needs of demand in the country in one day.
This news follows the decision to abandon nuclear energy in the country after the disaster in Fukushima last year. Have been closed eight plants and the nine remaining actives are expected to close by 2022 .
The idea is to replace the plants for renewable energy sources like wind or solar. According to Norbert Allnoch, director of the Institute for Renewable Energy Industry,with these 22 gigawattts of solar energy we where able to raise the half of the necessary electrical demand on a day in the country:
Never before another country had produced a form of photovoltaic electricity as well. We had close to 20 gigawattts a couple of times but this is the first time we got it.
And it means a record achieved in the world where solar energy was able to meet one third of the electricity needs of a working day (Friday) and half on Saturday, when factories and offices were closed .