German PV capacity expansion reaches ten-year high

In Germany, PV systems with a total capacity of 731.3 megawatts (MW) were newly registered with the country’s Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur, BNetzA) for the month of March. This is an increase of 73.2 percent compared to February (422.1 MW) and 33.5 percent compared to March 2021 (547 MW). A higher monthly addition was last achieved almost ten years ago, in September 2012 (980.8 MW).
Not included in the figures published for these statistics is the capacity of those plants that are not subsidized under the German Renewable Energy Law (Erneuerbare-Energien-Gesetz, EEG). This is particularly high for March, because in this category alone one solar power plant of the utility EnBW (Solarpark Alttrebbin) brings 150 MW to the grid. The actual addition thus amounts to at least 880 MW.
If one extrapolates only the figures included in the BNetzA statistics of the first three months of 2022 to the year as a whole, this would result in around 6.3 gigawatts (GW) and thus 20 percent more than in 2021 (5.3 GW). In addition, this would also be the highest figure for the year as a whole in ten years; in 2012, around 8.1 GW was installed (the segment of installations outside EEG financing, which has to be added for 2022, did not exist at that time).
Around 44 percent of the new capacity registered for this March was accounted for by plants in tenders (750 kW and above). Small rooftop systems up to ten kW accounted for 17.9 percent, and medium-sized rooftop systems up to 40 kW accounted for 15.87 percent.

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