German EEG 2021: »Missed opportunity«
Post date: 18/12/2020 - 09:31
According to the German Solar Industry Association (BSW), the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG 2021) passed in the Bundestag is »a missed opportunity for climate protection.« The pace of expansion of solar technology allowed by the German government is not even half as fast as scientists consider necessary. The amendment also worsens the investment conditions for commercial solar roof operators, in some cases considerably. Smaller solar prosumers, solar pioneers and investors of larger solar parks would benefit from the law reform.
The EEG 2021 envisions an annual addition of about five gigawatts. According to a study recently published by Fraunhofer ISE, Germany would have to build new photovoltaic power plants with a capacity of 10 to 14 GW per year by 2030 in order to achieve its climate targets (we reported).
The BSW also criticizes the restriction of subsidies for small and medium-sized commercial roofs. In the future, operators of new solar power systems, for example on large warehouses with comparatively low electricity consumption, will only receive a market premium for a maximum of 50 percent of the electricity generated. Alternatively, project planners of solar roofs with an output of more than 300 kilowatts would have to successfully participate in limited subsidy auctions beforehand. »A large proportion of unused commercial roofs will thus not be developed for solar power harvesting and climate protection for the time being.«
On the other hand, the improvements achieved for private consumers and small businesses are gratifying, says BSW CEO Carsten Körnig. Operators of solar systems with a maximum output of 30 kilowatts and a maximum annual solar self-consumption of 30 megawatt hours will no longer have to pay an EEG levy for the solar power they consume themselves. There has also been at least partial progress in the continued operation of subsidized old systems and for tenant electricity projects, notes the BSW.