Solar panels installed in Germany generated a record amount of electricity, ending the low profitability of the remaining coal-fired power plants in the country.

Clear, pollution-free skies in Germany allowed photovoltaic power plants to generate 32,227 megawatts on Monday, breaking the record set on March 23. Good light conditions are expected this week, according to the German Federal Meteorological Service (DWD).

There is hardly a cloud over Germany“Said Andreas Friedrich, a spokesperson for the DWD.”And a high pressure system over Scandinavia will maintain these conditions at least until Friday.

Renewable energies reduce the use of coal, the main fossil fuel for industrial development in Germany. The government predicts that green energy will represent 80% of the electricity mix by 2038, in 2019 it was 40%.

The government has reached an agreement with operators of coal-fired power plants to phase out electricity from their plants by 2038. Some of these facilities may close earlier than expected, as the costs of solar power and energy drop. carbon credit price makes electricity coal. less and less profitable.

Good conditions allowed solar power to produce up to 40% of German electricity on Monday, compared to 22% produced by coal and nuclear power, according to Agora Energiewende. Solar, wind and other renewables accounted for 78% of electricity production in Germany.

Every year there is more solar power installed, so the record is broken almost every spring.BloombergNEF analyst Jenny Chase said of the increase in solar power, adding that reduced flights and reduced air pollution from the coronavirus may have increased solar power production.

Less activity has reduced demand for electricity, as the sunnier, windier spring weather increases the production of renewable energy, which takes precedence over fossil fuels to power the grid.

This translates into more and more hours when electricity prices turn negative, where consumers are paid to consume excess grid energy. The phenomenon is most evident on public holidays or weekends which coincide with exceptionally sunny or windy weather.

Green energy sources, such as solar and wind power, are used before more expensive production, such as coal and lignite. With negative prices, fossil fuels are disappearing.