Over a third of Germany’s gross electricity consumption this year was produced from renewable energy, according to new data.

In preliminary estimates released by the Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW), and the Federal Association of the Energy and Water Industry (BDEW), clean energies are predicted to provide 36% of gross electricity consumption, up from around 30% in 2016.

“Renewables have already surpassed the target of 35% renewable energy in gross energy consumption set by the federal government in the energy concept for 2020. That is good news for climate protection,” said Stefan Kapferer, Chairman of the BDEW Executive Board.