Europe has been experiencing some very nice weather recently with the Brits declaring a heatwave as the mercury reached the high 20’s and now Germany has just set a new world record for the total amount of electricity generated from solar in a day. The figure, a whopping 22 gigawatts, is equivalent to 20 nuclear power plants or nearly 13 Hazelwood’s and amounted to around 50% of Germany’s total energy needs during the middle of the day.

Compare this with Australia, where the total installed capacity of solar was just over 1 giggawatt in August 2011. While this figure is likely to be closer to 1.5 gigawatts by the time the Clean Energy Council next release their report, this is still well below the capacity of Germany.

If you calculate the total installed capacity per capita then Germany, with a population of 81M, as a total installed capacity of about 270W per person. Even using the projected figure of 1.5GW, Australia on the other hand is still a long way behind, with a totaled installed capacity per capita of approximately 60W per person. This is in a country with some of the best sunshine in the world with an average of 4.5 sun hours per day (apart from perhaps the middle east).

And, if you want to know where some of the other advanced economies sit on the “installed capacity per capita” scale take a look at these:

 Country  Installed Capacity per Capita
 Spain  91W
 Italy  208W
 Czech Republic  196W
 USA  13W