Solar Feed-in Tariffs Decrease by 1.4% for November 2013 to January 2014 – 290.894 MWp Installed in September

290.894 MWp of new PV capacity were installed in September 2013, leading to a total German PV capacity eligible for feed-in tariffs of 35,082 MWp*, the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) announced. Furthermore the agency informed that solar feed-in tariffs for the period of November 2013 to January 2014 will decrease by 1.4% per month.

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 September 2013 capacity additions lead to the following table of German PV capacity eligible for financial support pursuant to the Renewable Energy Sources Act (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 274,238*
02/2013 210,075*
03/2013 289,431*
04/2013 366,599*
05/2013 343,948*
06/2013 309,385*
07/2013 312,438*
08/2013 291,650*
09/2013 290,894*
Installed 9/2013 2,688,658*
Total 30.09.2013 35,077,284*

* revised figures from BNetzA due to later correction notifications. Please note that figures from 2012 have apparently also been revised, which is not yet reflected in the above table. BNetzA on its website as of 05.11.2013 reports a total of 35.082 MWp per 30.09.2013.

If new capacity in the last three months remains on the September level, new PV capacity in 2013 would only slightly exceed the corridor of 2.5 to 3.5 GWp envisaged for PV growth by Section 20a para. 1 EEG it for the first time since 2009.

Solar feed-in tariffs paid under 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). Based on the data for new PV capacity in the period from October 2012 to September 2013, BNetzA established a total decrease of 1.4% for the period from November 2013 to January 2014 since PV capacity exceeded the corridor by 559 MW. In the previous quarters the decrease still amounted to 1.8%, please see blog posts below. For the individual feed-in tariffs that vary depending on the installed capacity and the location, please click here.

[updated with revised figures]

Source: Federal Network Agency, press release regarding the decrease of solar feed-in tariffs for the period November 2013 to January 2014; information on newly installed PV capacity in September 2013

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