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Solar Power Floods Europe’s Grids as Heat Wave Lifts Demand

  • Generation from panels hit a record in Germany on Wednesday
  • Surging natural gas prices are driving up electricity costs

Europe’s biggest economies are seeing near-record amounts of solar power as a heat wave spreads across the southwest of the continent, boosting demand for electricity to keep people cool.

Solar met almost a quarter of all energy demand in five of Europe’s biggest power markets on Wednesday. The surge in electricity supply did little to ease rising prices that are being driven higher by climbing gas costs as Russia cuts some flows to Europe. Europeans are turning up the air conditioning to deal with rising temperatures which reached 39 degrees Celsius (102 Fahrenheit) in Madrid.