Germany added 4.9 GW of PV capacity in 2020

PV capacity expansion in Germany 2016 to 2020 in the respective year and by month (MW)

New PV systems reported to the German Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur) totaled 525.4 MW in December 2020. This means that the additions reported for the entire year reached just under 4.89 GW (including installations that went into operation earlier but were only reported last year). In 2019, 3.87 GW were reached, meaning that new installations increased by a good 26 percent year to year. At the same time, this makes Germany by some distance the largest European PV market of the year; figures from the Netherlands currently stand at 2.9 GW, followed by Spain with 2.6 and Poland with 2.2 GW.
At the same time as the expansion figures, the Bundesnetzagentur also published the feed-in tariffs applicable under the country’s Renewable Energy Act (EEG) for the months of February to May 2021. Small rooftop systems up to ten kW that go into operation in February will receive 8.04 euro cents/kWh (9.72 ¢). From March, the tariff will fall below eight euro cents for the first time. For medium-sized rooftop systems from 40 to 100 kW, the tariff will fall below 6 euro cents (7.3 ¢) from April. For other systems – especially small ground-mounted systems – this has already been the case since last October, the tariff currently stands at 5.53 euro cents (6.69 ¢). Medium-sized plants are thus no longer far from the level of surcharges awarded in tenders for solar power plants of unequal size; this averaged around 5.3 euro cents (6.4 ¢) in 2020.

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