Germany sets solar power world record31st May 2012
Germany is well known for being a leader when it comes to solar power, but the country has added a new jewel to its crown in the form of a world record.
Solar power systems throughout the country produced 22 gigawatts of electricity last week (May 25 and 26), the Institute of the Renewable Energy Industry (IWR) think tank revealed.
This meant that almost half the country's electricity needs were met using renewable energy, setting other nations a challenge that they are sure to take Germany up on.
Director of the IWR Norbert Allnoch told Reuters: "Never before anywhere has a country produced as much photovoltaic electricity.
"Germany came close to the 20-gigawatt mark a few times in recent weeks. But this was the first time we made it over."
Now Germany has thrown down the solar power gauntlet, all we need to do is sit back and wait to see which country will be next to step up to the plate.
With pressure mounting on nations to lower their carbon emissions, there could be no better time to switch to solar power and other renewables.
Posted by Mike Peacock