New PV Capacity in July 2015 Rises to 159.780 MWp – Total PV Capacity Promoted by EEG Amouts to 39 GWp

pIn July 2015 new PV capacity in the amount of 159.780 MWp was installed, bringing solar capacity eligible for support under the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) to a total of 39,009 MWp by the end of the month, the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) reported.

1. New Capacity in July 2015

New capacity increased by 67.30% compared with June when 95.502 MWp were added. Also compared with the other months this year, capacity additions were the highest so far (please see table below).

Growth was likely driven by the fact that since April 2015 auctions are being held to determine financial support for freestanding PV installations under the EEG 2014. According to Section 55 para. 3 EEG 2014 following a transitional period ending on 1 September 2015 financial support for new freestanding PV installations can only be claimed by those that successfully participate in an auctions.

Despite the increase new capacity in July 2015 does, however, not compare with the 344,685 MWp added in July 2014 before the EEG 2014 entered into force and July additions in the solar boom period from 2010 to 2013 (2013, 20122011/2010).

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 July 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 31 July 2015 28,443
01/2015 121.235*
02/2015 97.350*
03/2015 94.426*
04/2015 97.676*
05/2015 101.483
06/2015 95.502
07/2015 159.780
Installed in 2015  767.45
Total solar capacity by 31 July 2015 39,009

* corrected figures

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 other new renewable power plants has to be sold directly by the operator who can claim a market premium (cf. Section 34 EEG 2014) and operators of freestanding PV capacity have to participate in auctions (cf. Section 55 para. 3 EEG 2014).

As PV capacity growth in the relevant period June 2014 to May 2015 amounted to 1.581 MWp and was therefore below the target corridor of between 2,400 and 2,600 MWp per year, the monthly reduction of applicable market premiums/feed-in tariffs was again reduced to 0.25% instead of the regular monthly degression of 0.5% (Sec. 31 EEG 2014) for the period July through September 2015, as we already reported in the previous months.

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 01.07.2015 (0.25% degression) 12.47 12.03 10.76 8.57
from 01.08.2015 (0.25% degression) 12.34 12.00 10.73 8.55
from 01.09.2015 (0.25% degression) 12.31 11.97 10.71 8.53

 

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 01.07.2015 (0.25% degression) 12.76 12.42 11.15 8.96 8.96
from 01.08.2015 (0.25% degression) 12.73 12.39 11.12 8.93 8.93
from 01.09.2015 (0.25% degression) 12.70 12.36 11.09 8.91 8.91

Source: Federal Network Agency

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