For the first time, renewable energy produced more electricity than fossil fuels across the EU.
We can also observe an increase in residential solar power plant installations. More and more homeowners are deciding to switch to solar energy, which helps them lead a more self-sustained household. It lowers their overall energy costs and is beneficial for the environment.
The consortium partner SunContract is committed to contributing toward a green energy future. With the help of business partners, team SunContract helps their customers set their solar power plant and provides the exclusive opportunity to join the SunContract marketplace. They can reuse surplus energy from the previous year in the next year or share it with their loved ones.
Renewables rise is still too slow – wind and solar generation growth must nearly triple to reach Europe’s 2030 green deal targets: from 38 TWh per year average growth in 2010-2020 to 100 TWh per year average growth between 2020-2030. Nevertheless, it is encouraging that wind and solar increased by 51 terawatt-hours in 2020, well above the 2010-2020 average, despite facing some impact from Covid-19. The IEA forecast record wind and solar capacity growth in 2021. At the moment, national energy and climate plans only add up to about 72 TWh new wind and solar per year, not the 100 TWh/year that is needed.
Due to expectations on solar growing rapidly, Europe’s electricity in 2020 was 29% cleaner than in 2015. Carbon intensity had fallen from 317 grams of CO2 per kilowatt-hour in 2015 to 226 grams in 2020. Although coal generation has almost halved in that time, 43% of the coal decline has been offset by increased gas generation, slowing the reduction in carbon intensity.