Newly installed PV capacity in Germany at the highest level for three years
Post date: 02/10/2018 - 18:56
The newly installed PV capacity registered by the German Bundesnetzagentur (Federal Network Agency) for the month of August amounts to 354.74 MW. This is the highest value recorded since December 2016 (441 MW), whereas this was a special statistical effect due to a change in subsidy conditions at the turn of the year. The last comparable increase was 345 MW in July 2014.
This continues the overall positive trend for the year 2018, after very weak figures in the previous years. In August, newly installed capacity was almost 32 percent up on July (269.7 MW) and around 118 percent year-on-year (162.4 MW). All in all, the PV capacity installed so far this year now amounts to 1.97 GW, a good 61 percent more than at the same time last year (1.22 GW). Projected for 2018 as a whole, the total increase to date would be 2.95 GW, almost 68 percent more than in 2017 (1.76 GW). This would mean that for the first time since 2013, the annual 2.5 GW »add-on path« defined in the German Renewable Energy Law (Erneuerbare-Energien-Gesetz, EEG) would actually be reached.
Of the capacity reported for August, just under 32 percent (113.8 MW) is accounted for by ground-mounted plants; in July the figure was around 17 percent (45 MW). Just under 241 MW were installed on buildings. The total PV capacity installed in Germany and subsidised by the EEG amounted to around 44.95 GW as of August 30.