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Smog-Free Skies Allow Germany to Break Record for Solar Power

  • Low pollution and bright spring weather lift PV output
  • Coal struggling to compete with economics of renewables
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Germany’s solar panels produced record amounts of electricity, exacerbating market forces that were already hammering the profitability of the country’s remaining coal plants.

Gin-clear skies over central Europe helped photovoltaic plants produce 32,227 megawatts on Monday, beating the previous record on March 23. Bright conditions are expected to continue this week, according to Germany’s DWD federal weather service.