BSW-Solar Proposes Mid-Term Reduction for Solar Feed-in Tariffs in 2010

Bundesverband Solarwirtschaft (BSW-Solar), the interest group of the German solar energy industry, has reportedly agreed on a common position for the upcoming discussions with the new German government on solar feed-in tariffs. 

BSW-Solar proposes a mid-term 4.5% reduction for solar feed-in tariffs per 1. July 2010.  This would be in addition to the 11% reduction that will apply to installations coming online starting 1 Januar 2010.  The next reduction in January 2011 should then be 4.5% or 5%, depending on the additional capacity installed in 2010.  This would result in a cap of 9.5% for 2011.

Applying the degression rates currently contained in the Renewable Energies Act (EEG), a 9% reduction is scheduled for 1 January 2011 anyway.  The degression shall increase to 10%  if the the capacity of the installations registered with the Federal Network Agency within the previous year exceeds 1,700 MW.