New German Government Likely to Cut Feed-In Tariffs for Solar Energy

According to Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ), the Liberal Democrats demand cutting feed-in tariffs paid under the Erneuerbare-Energien-Gesetz (EEG – Renewable Energies Act). 

FDP and CDU/CSU are expected to form the new coalition government.  It is primarily the FDP that demands cuts.  Similar views have been expressed from CDU/CSU representatives,though.  As yet none of the parties have made definitive proposals, as not to displease the well-organised solar power lobby, the FAZ  said.

Consumer organisations were more courageous, FAZ pointed out.  The paper quoted a representative from Verbraucherzentrale Bundesverband Berlin as saying that his organisation demanded a one-off cut of 30% in 2010 in addition to the cut stipulated in the EEG.  Tariffs had to decrease since solar modules have fallen 40% in price, FAZ explained.  Besides, subsidies for solar power would rise considerably since more solar energy systems than previously expected would be installed.

Source: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

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