Last summer, solar panels and solar power in the EU saved a record amount of electricity, and if this energy were obtained by burning natural gas, it would cost consumers 29 billion euros.
In the summer season of 2022, solar panels in the EU produced 28% more solar energy than in 2021. This was facilitated by both record heat and an increase in the number of solar panels.
In total, solar energy accounted for about 12% of all energy produced from May to August. In the face of an unprecedented energy crisis in the EU, this is a significant contribution.
In addition, an analysis by the Ember Climate Center showed that during the summer months, solar panels in the EU produced 99.4 terawatt-hours, which is almost a third more than last year.
This amount of solar energy has saved about 20 billion cubic meters of natural gas. However, now these figures are not enough to cover all of Europe’s electricity needs.
According to climate forecasts, in the next 10-15 years, heat in the EU will break records every year. Thus, developing solar energy in Europe will fight climate change and enjoy its benefits, generating more and more “green” electricity every year.