A boom in installations of solar photovoltaic panels has seen solar power production grow by 50 per cent in Germany, according to utilities industry association BDEW.

The association said solar power output rose to 25,000 GW hours in the January to September period, from 16,500 GW hours a year earlier.

It says solar power’s share in the country’s electricity production rose to 6.1 per cent from 4.1 per cent. Wind power gained slightly to 8.6 per cent from 8.0 per cent. Biomass plants accounted for almost 6 per cent.

It says all renewable energies combined accounted for about 26 per cent of electricity production over the first nine months of 2012.

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