German government publishes »solar acceleration package« - without raising feed-in tariffs
Post date: 11/01/2022 - 18:19
The accelerated expansion of photovoltaics plays a major role in the »opening balance sheet on climate protection « presented on Tuesday, January 11 by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection, but one central and urgent point that the solar industry has been emphasizing again and again for months remains unmentioned: the increase or at least stabilization of the feed-in tariff for small and medium-sized systems. In this segment, as the German Solar Industry Association (BSW) has repeatedly emphasized, there is a threat of a market collapse very soon, because the continuous reduction in the feed-in tariff (degression) makes it virtually impossible to operate new systems profitably.
Robert Habeck (Bündnis 90/Die Grünen), Minister of Economics and Climate Protection, stated at the presentation of his opening statement that a »solar acceleration package« was to be put together. The measures include »among other things, an improvement in tenant electricity, raising the tendering thresholds and opening up the area envelope for ground-mounted systems, taking into account nature conservation criteria. In addition, a legally anchored solar obligation for new commercial buildings (i.e. also non-private residential construction) is explicitly mentioned. However, there is no mention of slowing down the degression.
The BSW welcomed Habeck's announcement of measures to be taken quickly. In a press release, the actual subject of which was the evaluation of a survey of solar companies on their assessment of the coalition agreement (average score: »2 minus«), the association did not, however, go into the details.