Germany added 2.9 GW of solar in nine months

Nov 1, 2019 08:55 PM ET
  • In September, PV systems with a total generation capacity of 287 MW were registered in the country. The feed-in tariff has fallen again for this quarter as a result of the new capacity additions.
Germany added 2.9 GW of solar in nine months
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According to the latest figures released by Germany’s Federal Network Agency (the Bundesnetzagentur), 286.9 MW of PV installations were registered in September.
Most of the new generation capacity – around 260 MW – was in the form of rooftop systems, with a further 24 MW of ground-mounted solar built outside the tender scheme. September saw around 969 kW of new solar under the tenant electricity surcharge program.
The new installations took Germany to a cumulative 48.89 GW at the end of September, 2.9 GW of it arriving in the first nine months of this year.
Feed-in tariff reduction
The Bundesnetzagentur has recalculated the rate of the solar feed-in tariff (FIT) to apply until the end of January. With 2,877 MW of new solar installed in the last two months – around 1 GW more than permitted before the FIT reduction was again due to kick in – the payment will be reduced by a further 1% for the current three-month period, following a fall of 1.4% in the first half of the year.
Solar rooftops with a generation capacity of up to 10 kW will now receive a feed-in tariff of €0.1008/kWh. Installations with a capacity of 10-40 kW will get €0.0979/kWh and systems with a capacity of 40-100 kW receive €0.077/kWh. Solar systems with a generation capacity of more than 100 kW must sell power directly to off-takers and owners of systems up to 750 kW in size will receive a tariff which is now €0.0695/kWh.


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