99 MWp New PV Capacity in February 2015 – Financial Support for New Installations Reduced by 0.25%

In February 2015 PV capacity in the amount of 98.983 MWp was installed according to the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA). Solar capacity eligible for support under the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) reached a total of 38,458 MWp by the end of February. The monthly reduction of financial support for new PV installations has been reduced to 0.25% each month in the period from 1 April to 1 June 2015, BNetzA also informed.

1. New Capacity in February

New capacity in February was lower than in January 2015, when 122.676 MWp were installed. Traditionally, February is not a strong month in terms of solar growth. In 2014 110.414 MWp were added (for February 2014 and previous years, please see here).

Based on the information published by BNetzA (please note that figures may subsequently be, and have repeatedly been, corrected upon new information without leading to a new publication of the monthly figures), the February 2015 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 MWp MWp
Total solar capacity by end of 2009 10,566
Total solar capacity in the period of 1 January 2010 to 28 February 2015 27.892
01/2015 122.676
02/2015 98.983
Installed in 2015  221.569
Total solar capacity by 28 February 2015 38,458

2. New Feed-in Tariffs/Market Premiums

The remuneration (feed-in tariff or market premium) is reduced monthly for new PV plants, depending on additionally installed capacity. Under the EEG 2014 newly commissioned renewable power plants are only eligible for fixed feed-in tariffs if they are small plants in the sense of Section 37 EEG 2014 (i.e. plants up to 500 kWp in 2015 and up to 100 kWp as of 2016). Power generated by all other new renewable power plants has to be sold directly by the operator who can claim a market premium (cf. Section 34 EEG 2014).

As PV capacity growth was below the target corridor of between 2,400 and 2,600 MWp per year in the period March 2014 to February 2015, the monthly reduction of applicable market premiums/feed-in tariffs has again been reduced to 0.25% instead of the regular monthly degression of 0.5% (Sec. 31 EEG 2014) for the period April through June 2015.

For your convenience we have compiled a table from the original data provided by BNetzA, which can be accessed here.

Solar Feed-in Tariffs
Small Installations up to 500 kWp
§ 51(2) EEG 2014 (Roofs/Noise Walls) § 51(1) EEG 2014 (Other)
up to 10 KWp up to 40 kWp up to 500 kWp up to 500 kWp
Start of Operations
from 01.04.2015 (0.25% degression) 12.47 12.12 10.84 8.63
from 01.05.2015 (0.25% degression) 12.43 12.09 10.82 8.61
from 01.06.2015 (0.25% degression) 12.40 12.o6 10.79 8.59

 

Solar Market Premium
Compulsory from 500 kWp
§ 51(2) EEG 2014 (Roofs/Noise Walls) § 51(1) EEG 2014 (Other)
up to 10 KWp up to 40 kWp up to 1 MWp up to 10 MWp up to 10 MWp
Start of Operations
from 01.04.2015 (0.25% degression) 12.86 12.51 11.23 9.02 9.02
from 01.05.2015 (0.25% degression) 12.82 12.48 11.21 9.00 9.00
from 01.06.2015 (0.25% degression) 12.79 12.45 11.18 8.98 8.98

Source: Federal Network Agency, monthly data on PV installations, information on reduction of PV remuneration pursuant to EEG

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