German government wants to develop areas for 200 gigawatts of solar power plant capacity

Solar power plants are to make better use of the existing land potential in Germany in the future. In a joint key point paper of the Federal Ministries of Economics and Climate Protection (BMWK), Environment (BMUV) and Agriculture (BMEL), it is stated, among other things, that Agri-PV plants will be subsidized in the future on all arable land within the framework of the German Renewable Energy Law (EEG). Exceptions include protected areas, grassland and arable land relevant to nature conservation. The government wants to tap further land potential in areas that cannot be used agriculturally or can only be used with difficulty. Farmed moorland is also to be included in the EEG as a new category of land. A prerequisite for the subsidy is the rewetting of drained peatlands.
In addition, municipalities would be enabled to prescribe nature conservation criteria for all open spaces. »To this end, the financial participation of municipalities in the economic returns of solar power plants, which is regulated in the EEG, is to be linked to nature conservation requirements,« the ministries’ paper says. Furthermore, planning processes would be accelerated. »We expect that up to 200 gigawatts of additional PV capacity can be installed on agricultural land,« says Minister of Economics and Climate Protection Robert Habeck.

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