Greens present draft law on 52-GW cap to German parliament

The Green party (Bündnis 90/Die Grünen) in the German parliament (Bundestag) has presented a bill to remove the 52-GW cap for the promotion of PV systems. In the »Key issue paper of the climate protection programme 2030«, the so-called climate package, presented by the German government on September 20, this step is contained only as a declaration of intent. The exact implementation is not described there. The draft now presented by the Greens simply provides for the repeal of the corresponding section 49 paragraphs 5 and 6 of the Renewable Energy Act (Erneuerbare-Energien-Gesetz, EEG).
According to this paragraph, newly built PV systems will no longer receive subsidies as soon as the total installed capacity throughout the country exceeds 52 GW. This applies from the second month after the upper limit has been exceeded. After that, subsidies would only be available through tenders. However, these are only available for systems with a capacity of more than 750 kW and are also limited to 1.8 GW in 2020 and 1.95 GW in 2021. As of 2022, the annual tender volume will fall to 600 MW under current legislation.
At the same time, however, the EEG requires an annual PV expansion of a total of 2.5 GW. This is one of the reasons why Section 49 (6) of the EEG stipulates that the Federal Government must submit »a proposal for a reorganisation of the existing regulation« in good time before the 52 GW limit is reached. This has not yet happened, although the 52 GW could already be reached in the course of next year.

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