Dynamics set in motion by the COVID-19 crisis and weather patterns have mixed to push EU solar generation to new heights, amid talk by analysts that the jump evidences the need for flexibility. Over the past few weeks, analysts had documented various solar generation milestones across individual European countries, with Germany, Spain and the UK among the nations reaching new highs as their economies ground to a standstill. Think tank Ember tried last week to put figures on the shift for the whole of the EU27-plus-UK group. The research, carried out for outlet Carbon Brief, found solar and wind reached a joint 23% share among these 28 states in the 28 March 2020 – 26 April 2020 period, a “record-high” figure. The 23% solar and wind share – which Ember said had not been expected until 2025 – emerged as the think tank found a 39% drop of energy-related CO2 emissions across these countries compared to the same period of 2019. Across all 28 states, solar generation grew 28%, year-on-year.
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