PV expansion in Germany remains at a high level in June
Post date: 31/07/2020 - 11:03
For the month of June, PV systems with a total capacity of 436.9 MW were registered by the German Bundesnetzagentur (Federal Network Agency). This means that the number of new installations remains at the level of the previous month (446.2 MW; April: 379.9 MW).
However, the principle of »degression« defined in the country’s Renewable Energy Act means that the feed-in tariffs for solar continue to fall significantly, by 1.4 percent per month. At 8.90 cents/kWh (granted for 20 years) for new systems up to 10 kW commissioned from August 1 onwards, , the FIT decreases to less than nine cents for the first time. The ten-cent mark was undershot in December 2019 and the eleven-cent mark in May 2019. Since January 2019 (11.47 cents), the FIT for small systems and for systems up to 40 kW has thus fallen by 22.4 percent, and by 31.8 percent for roof-mounted systems up to 100 kilowatts. In contrast, the tariffs for large-scale systems from 750 kilowatts upwards, which are determined in tenders, have risen by 12.4 percent in the same period (with interim ups and downs).
The cumulated capacity of newly installed PV systems amounts to 2.36 GW for the first six months of the year. Extrapolated to the year as a whole this would amount to 4.72 GW. In order to achieve the target of 98 GW of installed capacity in 2030, as defined in the German government's climate protection programme, this figure would be just about sufficient (assuming that only 25 percent of those systems which have exceeded their 20th year of operation are disconnected from the grid by then). However, these 98 GW would only be sufficient to achieve Germany's climate protection targets if electricity demand does not increase (but even decreases slightly) by 2030 and if the expansion of onshore wind power, which has almost come to a standstill at present, is also revived.