German Feed-in Tariffs 2009

The Renewable Energy Sources Act provides for a system of fixed feed-in tariffs for electricity generated from renewable energy sources.  The tables below provide an overview of the German feed-in tariffs for facilities commissioned in 2009.  For facilities commissioned in 2010, the feed-in tariffs can be found here.

Please note: Some of the details of the feed-in tariffs (e.g. regarding eligibility, bonuses, degression, etc.) are more complicated than they may appear. Not all details are fully reflected in the tables below, and should therefore be properly reviewed on a case by case basis.

Hydropower (§ 23 EEG)    

Facilities of up to 5 MW – new
   
Share of capacity    
Up to 500 kW 12.67  
Up to 2 MW 8.65  
Up to 5 MW 7.65  

Facilities of up to 5 MW – modernised/revitalised
   
Share of capacity    
Up to 500 kW 11.67  
Up to 5 MW 8.65  

Facilities over 5 MW
   
Increase in capacity    
Up to 500 kW 7.29  
Up to 10 MW 6.32  
Up to 20 MW 5.80  
Up to 50 MW 4.34  
Over 50 MW 3.50  
Degression for Hydropower    
Over 5 MW 1 %  

Landfill gas, sewage gas and mine gas
   

Landfill gas (§ 24 EEG
)
   
Share of capacity    
Up to 500 kW 9.00  
Up to 5 MW 6.16  

Sewage gas (§ 25 EEG
)
   
Share of capacity    
Up to 500 kW 7.11  
Up to 5 MW 6.16  

Mine gas (§ 26 EEG)
   
Share of capacity    
Up to 1 MW 7.16  
Up to 5 MW 5.16  
Over 5 MW 4.16  

Bonuses for landfill gas, sewage gas, mine gas
   
Technology bonus for facilities of up to 5 MW    
Innovative Plant Technology    
Reprocessing facilities for landfill gas and sewage gas    
a) up to a maximum of 350 m³/hour 2.00  
b) up to a maximum of 700 m³/hour 1.00  

Degression for landfill gas, sewage gas, mine gas
   
EEG 2009    
Basic Fees and Bonuses 1.5 %  

Biomass (§ 27 EEG)
   

Basic fees
   
Share of capacity    
Up to 150 kW 11.67  
Up to 500 kW 9.18  
Up to 5 MW 8.25  
Up to 20 MW 7.79  

Bonuses for Biomass I
   
Bonus for the use of renewable raw materials (“Nawaro Bonus”)  
Share of capacity up to 150 kW    
Biomass excluding biogas 6.00  
Biogas 7.00  
– with at least 30% use of farmland manure or slurry +4.0  
– plant material predominantly +2.0  
from landscape conservation    
Share of capacity up to 500 kW    
solid biomass 6.00  
liquid biomass 01)  
gas biomass 6.00  
Biogas 7.00  
– minimum 30% manure +1.0  
– plant material predominantly from landscape conservation +2.0  
Capacity up to 5 MW    
solid biomass 4.00  
liquid biomass 01)  
gas biomass 4.00  
where wood burnt/ 2.50  
where wood from short rotation    
coppice and landscape 4.00  
management material burnt    
1) Only for facilities commissioned after 1.1.2009    

Bonuses for Biomass II
   
Technology bonus for facilities up to 5 MW    
Innovative Plant Technology    
Gas Reprocessing:    
a) up to a maximum of 350 m³/hour 2.00  
b) up to a maximum of 700 m³/hour 1.00  

Combined heat and power (CHP) bonus (only for the share of feed-in deemed to be CHP electricity)
Up to 20 MW 3.00 2)  
2) Also for existing facilities operated as facility 3 CHP for the first time after 31.12.2008. Existing facilities with a capacity up to 500 kW, when the facility 3 requirements are met.    

Degression for Biomass
   
Basic Fees and Bonuses 1.0%  

Geothermal (§ 28 EEG)
   
Basic Fees    
Share of capacity EEG 2009 3)  
Up to 10 MW 16.00  
From 10 MW 10.50  
3) For installations operating prior to 1.1.2016 the basic fee is raised by 4.00 ct/kWh.    

Bonuses
   
Heat cogeneration bonus    
Capacity up to 10 MW 3.00  
For facilities of up to 10 MW with petrothermal technology 4.00  
“Quick Starter Bonus” 4.00  

Degression for Geothermal
   
Basic Fees and Bonuses: 1.0%  

Onshore wind (§§ 29, 30 EEG)
   
Basic Fees    
Initial fee (first 5 years from start of operation; plus extension formula time) 9.2  
Base fee 5.02  

Payments for system services from onshore wind turbine generators
System services bonus    
For facilities commissioned 2002-2008 retrofitted by 1.1.2011 – payable for 5 yrs 0.70  
Where new technical requirements for facilities commissioned  between 1.1.2009 and 1.1.2014 have been fulfilled, initial fee rises by 0.50  

Degression
   
Basic Fees and Bonuses: 1.0%  

Offshore wind (§ 31 EEG)
   

Basic fees
   
Initial fee (first 12 years of operation; extension for remote/deep water installations) 13.00  
additional 2 ct/kWh where commissioned before 1.1.2016    
Base fee 3.50  

Degression
   
From 2015 5.0%  

Solar radiation (§§ 32, 33 EEG)
   

Roof-mounted facilities
   
Capacity    
Up to 30 kW 43.01  
Up to 100 kW 40.91  
Up to 1 MW 39.58  
Over 1 MW 33.00  

Electricity produced is used within building/facility
Capacity    
Up to 30 kW 25.01  

Freestanding facilities
   
Irrespective of capacity (additional requirements apply) 31.94  

Degression for solar radiation
   
Basic fee & bonuses    
Freestanding Facilities 2010 10.0% 4)
  from 2011 9.0% 4)
Roof Systems up to 100 kW 2010 8.0% 4)
  from 2011 9.0% 4)
Roof Systems over 100 kW 2010 10.0% 4)
  from 2011 9.0% 4)
4) 1% increase/decrease depending on additional installed capacity previous year