Denmark reaches 553 MW of PV capacity

Denmark added new PV systems with a combined capacity of around 150 MW in 2013, down considerably from 380 MW in 2012.

Denmark had reached a cumulative installed PV capacity of 553 MW as of Dec. 10, 2013, according to provisional statistics provided by Danish energy operator The country installed about 150 MW of new PV capacity in 2013, down from 380 MW in 2012. Approximately 482 MW of the country's installed PV capacity is represented by rooftop PV systems up to 6 kW installed under the local net-metering scheme. The remaining 71 MW is represented by rooftop PV systems up to 6 kW and PV systems up to 400 kW installed after December 2012, when the country’s latest net-metering scheme was closed. Since closing the net-metering scheme, the Danish government has changed its solar legislation several times. The most recent law proposal, which includes the introduction of a FIT scheme for residential PV systems, was developed by the government in March. The proposal is now being examined by the European Commission and, if approved, could come into force next spring, according to information provided to PHOTON by Danish solar association Dansk Solcellerforening.
All PV systems that were not installed under the previous net-metering scheme will probably have access to the future FIT scheme, according to a »transitional model« proposed by the government in March. According to this model, PV system owners that signed a contract for ground-mounted PV plants before March 20, 2013, or for rooftop projects before June 11, 2013, will have access to a FIT of 130 DKK (23¢) per kWh for a period of 10 years if the projects are connected to the grid in 2013 or a FIT of 116 DKK per kWh if the projects are completed in 2014. These projects, however, will only have access to the FITs if the European Commission approves the FIT scheme submitted by Danish authorities. Until then, these projects will get a FIT of only 60 DKK per kWh.

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