100.85 MWp New German PV Capacity in February 2011

The Federal Network Agency’s preliminary February 2011 figures for additional PV capacity in Germany show new build of 100.85 MWp. This is a significant decrease compared with the 266.0345 MWp in January, and lower than the 163.280 MWp from February 2010.

The figures for January and February, however, resemble last years data to a certain extent. New monthly capacity in January and February were also lowest in 2010 (01/2010: 222.247 MWp, 02/2010: 163,28), with February being lower than January. The rest of the year saw higher growth with a spike in June. Yet the February year-on-year decline (02/2010: 163.28, 02/2011: 100.85 MWp) may also indicate that the extra feed-in reductions in July and October 2010 as well as the regular feed-in reduction of January 2011 were driving down PV growth.

As of 28 February 2011, total German PV capacity added up to 17.69 GWp.

The February figures lead to the following PV capacity per 28 February 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 17,322.281
01/2011 266.035
02/2011 100.852
Per 28.02.2011 17,689.168
* Source: EEG Statistikbericht 2009

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 and February 2011 capacities are not included in the calculation of the reduction.

Source: Federal Network Agency

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