266 MWp New German PV Capacity in January 2011

The Federal Network Agency’s preliminary January 2011 figures for additional PV capacity in Germany show a slightly higher figure than in January 2010 (01/2011: 266.035 MWp; 01/2010: 222.247 MWp). As of 31 January 2011, total German PV capacity added up to 17.59 GWp.

The January figures lead to the following PV capacity per 31 January 2011:

Year Month MWp MWp
2009 3,802*
End of 2009 9,914*
01/2010 222.247
02/2010 163.280
03/2010 331.378
04/2010 454.045
05/2010 573.176
06/2010 2,108.905
07/2010 663.064
08/2010 363.394
09/2010 654.368
10/2010 340.541
11/2010
359.940
12/2010
1,173.943
2010 7,408.281
End of 2010 17,322
01/2011 266.035
Per 31.01.2011 17,588
* Source: EEG Statistikbericht 2009

New PV capacity in January has traditionally been lower, as the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) provides for regular feed-in tariff reductions at the beginning of each year.

The January 2010 figure was the second lowest in the year, with only February being lower. July 2010 saw a spike before an extra feed-in reduction in July, and another at the end of the year before the regular feed-in reduction of January 2011.

2011 will again see extra feed-in tariff reductions on 1 July, respectively 1 September 2011 for freestanding installations. The July/September reductions of up to 15% will depend on PV capacity installed in March, April and May 2011. Additional January 2011 capacities are not included in the calculation of the reduction.

Source: Federal Network Agency

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