The German solar power industry generated a record of 50 percent of its electricity needs through solar panel at the beginning of June, according to an analysis performed by the Fraunhofer ISE research institute.
In the first week of June, the German solar power industry generated a maximum of 1.26 terawatt-hours (TWh) of electricity. On the second Monday in June, a national holiday in Germany, it produced 23.1 GWh between 1 and 2 p.m., equivalent to 50.6 percent of the nation's total electricity need. The success of Germany’s solar production is due to people’s willingness to install panels on their roof tops rather than building huge solar farms. About 90 percent of solar panels in Germany were installed on individuals’ roofs. [emp]