German government coalition aims at 200 GW of PV by 2030

Two months after the German parliamentary elections, the future governing coalition of Social Democrats, Greens and Liberals today presented its coalition agreement. This envisages a target for the expansion of PV of »around 200 GW by 2030«. The former government of conservatives and social democrats had set a goal of only 100 GW.
To achieve this goal, the coalition, which is expected to take office at the beginning of December, wants to »remove all obstacles« and to this end, among other things, »accelerate grid connections and certification, adjust compensation rates, examine the tendering obligation for large rooftop systems and the caps.« The terminus »caps« refers to the rules that have so far led to a reduction in feed-in tariffs for new installations depending on the pace of newly installed capacity. The coalition also wants to strengthen »innovative solar energy such as agri- and floating PV.« In addition, »all suitable roof surfaces are to be used for solar energy in the future. This is to become mandatory for new commercial buildings, and the rule for new private buildings.«
With regard to the coal phase-out, it is stated that this should »ideally be brought forward to 2030«. Concerning E-mobility, the coalition has agreed that »Germany is to be the lead market for electromobility with at least 15 million electric cars in 2030«. The agreement states in this regard, with reference to the proposals of the European Commission, that »in the transport sector in Europe, only CO2-neutral vehicles will be allowed in 2035.«
In an initial statement, the German Solar Industry Association (Bundesverband Solarwirtschaft, BSW) welcomed the plans, saying that the »unleashing of the solar industry« could begin. The BSW emphasizes the necessity of an immediate program for the planned acceleration of solar expansion. Immediate action is urgently needed to correct the omissions and political missteps of the past legislative period and to remove increasingly negative market brakes. BSW CEO Carsten Körnig commented: »The first 100 days will decide whether the overdue climate protection turbo will be ignited in this legislative period.«

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