Photovoltaics in Germany is a fast growing part of the renewable electricity generation. The installed capacity in the country has raised to an amount of around 39 gigawatts (As of end of 2016). About 9.3 gigawatts of solar power are already installed in the control area of 50Hertz. This also involves balancing the fluctuations in power feed-in during day and night.
Today, solar power represents about three per cent of the German energy mix, and the trend is rising. Other than for conventional power plants, the generation of electricity by photovoltaic installations is subject to fluctuations. As a result, solar power seldom corresponds to the actual demand. The operators of the German energy supply grids are nevertheless obliged by the Renewable Energy Act (EEG) to feed in all electricity generated from renewable sources into the grid. In order to maintain the balance between offer and demand, operators have to compensate for fluctuations due to the weather. 50Hertz ensures this balance.
Below, you will find a number of important key figures relating to Photovoltaics in the 50Hertz control area.