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Image of the Day: Germany Sets Solar Power Record

German solar power plants set a world record in late May, producing 22 gigawatts of electricity per hour, meeting nearly 50 percent of the nation’s midday needs, according to the head of a renewable energy think tank. That amount of energy is equivalent to 20 nuclear power plants operating at full capacity. Germany has abandoned nuclear power after the disaster in Japan at the Fukushima plant. The country will explore other renewable energy sources instead.

Credit: Creative Commons/Horst Kiechle

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