In pre-pandemic times, so studies showed, China lost about 13% of its photovoltaic potential slipping away due to anthropogenic emissions and air pollution. This percentage is equivalent to 14 Tera-Watt hours per year, enough to supply the whole city of Philadelphia with power for longer than 6 months.
Because of the change in human behavior and therefore the absence of extreme anthropogenic emissions in the last weeks air pollution dropped and skies cleared up. At the current moment, solar power plants are producing more power watt than ever. As a consequence of the clean air but also the sunny and cloudless weather, on April 20, Germanys photovoltaic power plants produced 32 227 MW, establishing a new record.
Because of new photovoltaic installations every spring, peaks of solar yield are not unusual at this time of year. Still, the Corona-clean-air is the factor that maximizes photovoltaic power generation to this high number. This once again shows us that renewables and especially solar energy are a future-proof solution and winners even in the Corona-crisis.
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