290.470 MWp New Solar Capacity in March – Solar Feed-in Tariffs Decrease by 1.8% As of May

New solar capacity added in March 2013 amounted to 290.470 MWp, the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) announced. Furthermore, the agency informed that solar feed-in tariffs for May to July are subject to a 1.8% monthly decrease.

While the 290.470 MWp of new capacity are way below the 1,222 MWp added in March 2012, they are higher than the figure for March 2011, when 147.356 MWp were added, and fairly close to the figure for March 2010 (331.378 MWp). The March data is also breaking the trend of continuously falling monthly figures for new solar additions of the last five months (09/2012 980,829 MWp; 10/2012 611,856 MWp; 11/2012 435,275 MWp; 12/2012 330,102 MWp; 01/2013 274,673 MWp; 02/2013 211,215 MWp; 03/290.470 MWp).

Based on the latest information published by BNetzA (please note that figures may be subsequently corrected upon new information without leading to a new publication of the monthly figures), the March 2013 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
Installed 2012 7,604,142
End of 2012 32,388,626
01/2013 274,673
02/2013 211,215
03/2013 290,470
Installed 3/2013 776,358
Total 31.03.2013 33,164,984

Solar feed-in tariffs paid under the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) are subject to a monthly standard decrease of 1% (cf. sec. 20b para. 1 EEG). According to sec. 20a EEG the political corridor for additional photovoltaic capacity ranges between 2,500 and 3,500 MWp per calendar year. Higher capacities trigger an additional decrease of 0.4 to 1.8%, depending on the extent of such exceedance (sec. 20b para. 2 EEG).
Due to the fact that new additions in the period from July 2012 to March 2013 exceeded the corridor by 1.809.287 kWp, an additional decrease of 0.8% on top of the standard decrease of 1% applies, BNetzA announced.

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

Solar Feed-in Tariffs until July 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 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
Degression 1.8%
from 01.05.2013
15.631033
14.829442
13.226259
10.821484
10.821484
Rounding
15.63
14.83
13.23
10.82
10.82
Degression 1.8%
from 01.06.2013
15,349674
14,562512
12,988186
10,626698
10,626698
Rounding
15,35
14,56
12,99
10,63
10,63
Degression 1.8%
from 01.07.2013
15,073380
14,300386
12,754399
10,435417
10,435417
Rounding
15,07
14,30
12,75
10,44
10,44

Source: Federal Network Agency: press release on new solar capacity; press release concerning decrease of feed-in tariffs

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