7,604 MWp: Another Solar Record in 2012 Triggers 2.2% Feed-in Tariff Reduction From February

Another 330.102 MWp of new solar capacity were added in December 2012, making 2012 the third record year for solar additions with a total of 7,604 MWp, the grid regulator, the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) informed. The solar growth triggers a feed-in tariff reduction of 2.2% for each month in the period of 1 February to 30 April 2013, the agency notified.

The BNetzA continuously monitors the installation of new photovoltaic systems to set the feed-in tariffs within the framework provided by the Renewable Energy Sources Act (Erneuerbare-Energien-Gesetz, “EEG”). According to sec. 20a EEG the political corridor for additional installation of photovoltaic energy was set between 2,500 and 3,500 MWp per calendar year. Exceeding these limits, feed-in tariffs for new installations are not only subject to the standard decrease of 1% per month (cf. sec. 20b para. 1 EEG) but to an additional decrease of 0.4 to 1.8%, depending on the extent of such exceedance (sec. 20b para. 2 EEG).

Based on the information published by BNetzA, the December 2012 capacity additions lead to the following table of German PV capacity eligible for financial support pursuant to the EEG.

Year Month kWp kWp
End of 2008 6,120,000
Installed 2009 3,801,572
End of 2009 9,921,572
Installed 2010 7,377,678
End of 2010 17,299,250
Installed 2011 7,485,234
End of 2011 24,784,484
01/2012 516,582
02/2012 229,919
03/2012 1,222,770
04/2012 358,998
05/2012 254,232
06/2012 1,790,921
07/2012 543,225
08/2012 329,433
09/2012 980,829
10/2012 611,856
11/2012 435,275
12/2012 330,102
Installed 12/2012 7,604,142
Total 30.12.2012 32,388,626

Although the overall capacity additions in 2012 lead to another record of 7,604 MWp after roughly 7,500 MWp in 2011 and about 7,400 MWp in 2010, the end of the year shows a steady decline in the last three months. The interesting question will be if this indicates a turnaround.

The latest figures lead to the following solar feed-in tariff table (based on BNetzA information):

Solar Feed-in Tariffs until April 2013
§ 32 Abs. 2 EEG (Roofs) § 32 Abs. 1 EEG
up to 10 KWp up to 40 kWp up to 1 MWp up to 10 MWp up to 10 MWp
Start of Operations
from 01.04.2012 19.50 18.50 16.50 13.50 13.50
Degression 1.0%
from 01.05.2012 19.305000 18.315000 16.335000 13.365000 13.365000
Rounding 19.31 18.32 16.34 13.37 13.37
Degression 1.0%
from 01.06.2012 19.111950 18.131850 16.171650 13.231350 13.231350
Rounding 19.11 18.13 16.17 13.23 13.23
Degression 1.0%
from 01.07.2012 18.920831 17.950532 16.009934 13.099037 13.099037
Rounding 18.92 17.95 16.01 13.10 13.10
Degression 1.0%
from 01.08.2012 18.731622 17.771026 15.849834 12.968046 12.968046
Rounding 18.73 17.77 15.85 12.97 12.97
Degression 1.0%
from 01.09.2012 18.544306 17.593316 15.691336 12.838366 12.838366
Rounding 18.54 17.59 15.69 12.84 12.84
Degression 1.0%
from 01.10.2012 18.358863 17.417383 15.534422 12.709982 12.709982
Rounding 18.36 17.42 15.53 12.71 12.71
Degression 2.5%
from 01.11.2012 17.899891 16.981948 15.146062 12.392232 12.392232
Rounding 17.90 16.98 15.15 12.39 12.39
Degression 2.5%
from 01.12.2012 17.452394 16.557399 14.767410 12.082427 12.082427
Rounding 17.45 16.56 14.77 12.08 12.08
Degression 2.5%
from 01.01.2013 17.016084 16.143465 14.398225 11.780366 11.780366
Rounding 17.02 16.14 14.40 11.78 11.78
Degression for next quarter: 2.2%
Degression 2.2%
from 01.02.2013 16.641730 15.788308 14.081464 11.521198 11.521198
Rounding 16.64 15.79 14.08 11.52 11.52
Degression 2.2%
from 01.03.2013 16.275612 15.440966 13.771672 11.267732 11.267732
Rounding 16.28 15.44 13.77 11.27 11.27
Degression 2.2%
from 01.04.2013 15.917549 15.101264 13.468695 11.019841 11.019841
Rounding 15.92 15.10 13.47 11.02 11.02

Sources: Federal Network Agency press release with information on decreasing solar feed-in tariffs; Federal Network Agency information on new solar capacity in December 2012

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1 Response to “7,604 MWp: Another Solar Record in 2012 Triggers 2.2% Feed-in Tariff Reduction From February”


  • I am trying to figure out the payment scheme for the feed-in tariffs. It appears that there are two options: a sell all / buy all arrangement in which all solar energy is fed to the grid and all usage is purchased from the grid, and a sell excess / buy shortage arrangement, where the solar energy is used first at the generation location and any difference is bought from / sold to the grid.

    Does the second option really exist and if so, how long has this been the case? Also, it seems as though the feed in tariff for the second option is lower (but, of course, the electricity used on site would avoid distribution charges). Is this correct?

    Thak you for your reply.

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