German PV Feed-in Tariffs/Marketing Premium Support Basis to Increase in August

This may come as a surprise for many, but the new EEG 2.0 will lead to increased feed-in tariffs/marketing premiums for newly completed PV installations as of 1 August 2014.

The increase is part of changes made to Section 51 EEG 2014. The table below shows the difference between the feed-in tariffs/marketing premium basis between July 2014 under the EEG 2012 and August 2014 under the new EEG 2014:

§ 32(2) EEG 2012/§ 51(2) EEG 2014 (Roofs/Noise Walls) § 32(1) EEG 2012/§ 51(1) EEG 2014
up to 10 KWp up to 40 kWp up to 1 MWp up to 10 MWp up to 10 MWp
Start of Operations
EEG 2012
from 01.07.2014 12.88 12.22 10.9 8.92 8.92
EEG 2014
from 01.08.2014 13.15* 12.8* 11.49* 9.23 9.23

* A reduction of 0.4 ct/kWh may apply if feed-in tariffs are chosen instead of direct marketing (§ 37(3) EEG 2014).

The legislative memorandum (Bundestagsdrucksache 18/1304 of 5 May 2014) explains the PV tariff increase by saying

“The changes brought by the EEG 2014 mainly compensate the intended cost sharing for auto-supply of electricity, to safeguard the economics of PV installations and to stay within the intended expansion corridor.”

However, the auto-supply provisions originally intended when the increased support was proposed in the government’s draft was materially revised in the process, ending in the 30/35/40% contribution scale for self-generated and consumed power in Section 61 EEG 2014, after much controversial debate.

I am not aware of a calculation showing if or to what extend the increased PV feed-in tariff/marketing premium basis actually reflects additional commercial burdens for PV generators in light of the new auto-supply provisions.

Source: EEG 2014

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