Germany added 292 MW of solar in July
Sep 3, 2019 05:20 PM ET
- Demand for systems with a generation capacity of up to 750 kW is driving the market. The 52 GW capacity cap for solar under the national FIT scheme is approaching. In September, feed-in tariffs and market premiums will fall a further 1.4%.
Germany’s Federal Network Agency said new PV capacity reached 291.7 MW in July, a good 20 MW more than the amount connected in June.
The strongest market driver remains projects – rooftop and ground-mounted – with a generation capacity of no more than 750 kW, under the feed-in tariff (FIT) scheme.
Only 18.5 MW of project capacity came online during the month as a result of utility scale tenders. A further 26.2 MW came from large scale projects built outside the tender scheme. The remaining 250 MW or so came in the form of rooftop installations and other types of array. Only 945 kW came online under the tenant electricity scheme in July.
In the first seven months of the year Germany added 2.38 GW of new solar with its cumulative installed capacity topping 48.31 GW. German tariffs will cease when total capacity hits 52 GW, a figure analysts expect to arrive next year.
In September, feed-in tariffs and market premiums will again fall 1.4%. Depending on type and size of system, FITs are between €0.0713 and €0.1033/kWh. In the ‘direct marketing’ system category – mandatory for arrays with a generation capacity above 100 kW – the payment is €0.004/kWh. For October, a further 1.4% reduction in payments for systems with a capacity of up to 750 kW has already been fixed.
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