Germany expands PV tenders for 2022 by 4 GW

The German grand coalition has agreed to increase the tender volumes for photovoltaics in 2022 from planned 1.9 GW to 6 GW. The volumes for wind will rise from 2.9 to 4 GW. In addition, the EEG (Renewable Energy Sources Act) levy will also be stabilized in 2023 and 2024 with funds from the federal budget, as was previously agreed for 2021 and 2022. »In 2023 and 2024, it is to amount to a maximum of five cents per kilowatt hour,« says German Federal Minister for Economics Peter Altmaier.
The German Solar Industry Association (BSW) welcomed »the goal of increasing the PV expansion quantities in this legislative period«. However, the one-time increase of four gigawatts is too low. The BSW calls for »quadrupling the installed photovoltaic capacity by 2030 and revising the Renewable Energy Sources Act.« The recent agreement on a stricter EU climate target requires an additional annual photovoltaic expansion of around 10 GW in Germany.
The German Renewable Energy Federation (Bundesverband Erneuerbare Energie, BEE) also welcomed the coalition's agreement to increase tender volumes for wind and solar power. However, it said this does not replace the requirement to »promptly adjust the expansion volumes and paths by 2030 for renewable energies along the European climate protection targets in the Renewable Energy Sources Act.« The BEE emphasizes that Germany needs to increase its installed capacity to 205 GW for photovoltaics and 95 GW for wind energy.
Moreover, the problems of the current electricity market design remain unresolved, according to which the EEG surcharge is rising despite falling electricity production costs for renewables. It is not enough »to continue to merely cap the EEG surcharge; the urgent task remains to fundamentally align the current electricity market design with renewable energies and to address the reorganization of taxes, levies and surcharges.«

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