Saxony-Anhalt’s Prime Minister Böhmer Calls for Direct Incentives for Solar Industry

In light of the current discussion about cuts of the solar feed-in tariffs, Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Böhmer, prime minister of the State of Saxony-Anhalt, called for a replacement of the current promotion scheme by direct incentives for the solar industry.

In a video message broadcast on the official website of the State of Saxony-Anhalt, Prof. Böhmer said Saxony-Anhalt was an important location for photovoltaic companies. The technology itself was one of the most essential for an energy policy of the future.

The current promotion scheme was problematic for two reasons. Firstly, it favoured the owners of solar installations, since they could sell the energy generated for a (fixed) feed-in tariff that was higher than the market price for electricity.  Secondly, two-third of the solar installations were imported from abroad. Hence, financial incentives went abroad. Therefore, Prof. Böhmer called for direct incentives for the solar industry, without going into further detail. He said Saxony-Anhalt had made its opinion clear in the Bundesrat (Federal Council), the legislative body that represents the sixteen Länder (Federal States) on the federal level. The state was closely following the debates at the Bundestag (German Parliament).

Source: Official Website of the State of Saxony-Anhalt

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