German Feed-in Tariffs 2012

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 (Ct/kWh) for facilities commissioned in 2012. Data for 2013 is available here.

Please note: Bundestag and Bundestag on 28/29 June 2012 cleared a partially retroactive change of PV tariffs as of 1 April 2012. Details of the new solar feed-in tariffs can be found here.

Please also note: The tables do not reflect all details of the statutory requirements or all potential increases or reductions. Some of the details of the feed-in tariffs (e.g. regarding eligibility, bonuses, degression, etc.) are more complex than the tables can show.

 

Hydropower (§ 23 EEG) Ct/kWh
General rates (according to share of capacity)
share of capacity
Up to 500 kW 12.70
Up to 2 MW 8.80
Up to 5 MW 6.30
Up to 10 MW 5.50
Up to 20 MW 5.30
Up to 50 MW 4.20
Over 50 MW 3.40
Facilities of up to 5 MW (new build, extension)
share of capacity
Up to 500 kW 12.70
Up to 2 MW 10.31
Up to 5 MW 8.47
Facilities over 5 MW (new build, extension)
share of capacity
Up to 500 kW 12.70
Up to 10 MW 10.31
Up to 20 MW 8.47
Up to 50 MW 6.27
Over 50 MW 5.29
Yearly degression for hydropower plants
rate 1.0%

 

Landfill gas, sewage gas and mine gas Ct/kwh
Landfill gas (§ 24 EEG)
Share of capacity
Up to 500 kW 8.60
Up to 5 MW 5.89
 Sewage gas (§ 25 EEG)
Share of capacity
Up to 500 kW 6.79
Up to 5 MW 5.89
Mine gas (§ 26 EEG)
Share of capacity
Up to 1 MW 6.84
Up to 5 MW 4.93
Over 5 MW 3.98
Bonuses for landfill and sewage gas
maximum rated output 700Nm³/hour 3.0
maximum rated output 1,000Nm³/hour 2.0
maximum rated output 1,400Nm³/hour 1.0

 

Biomass (§ 27 EEG) Ct/kwh
Basic tariff
Share of capacity
Up to 150 kW 14.30
Up to 500 kW 12.30
Up to 5 MW 11.00
Up to 20 MW 6.00
Tariff biowaste installations and small manure gas
Biowaste fermentation up to 500 kWel 16.00
Biowaste fermentation up to 500 kWel to 20 MWel 14.00
Manure biogas upt to 75 kWel 25.00

 

Geothermal (§ 28 EEG) Ct/kwh
Basic Fees
Share of capacity
Basic tariff 25.00
Increase due to utilisation of pertrothermal technology 5.00
Bonus
For facilities with petrothermal technology 5.00

 

Onshore wind (§§ 29, 30 EEG) Ct/kwh
Basic Fees
Initial fee (first 5 years from start of operation; plus extension formula time*) 8.93
Base fee 4.87
Small-scale upt to 50 kW 8.93
Bonuses:
System service bonus 0.48
Repowering bonus 0.50
Degression rate 1.5%

*Depending on coverage of reference yield, extension of initial tariff pursuant to Section 29(2) EEG

 

Offshore wind (§ 31 EEG) Ct/kwh
Basic fees
Initial fee (first 12 years of operation; extension for remote/deep water installations) 15.00
Initial tarif in acceleration model 19.00
Basic tariff 3.50
Degression
until 2017/from 2018 0.0%/7.0%

 

Solar radiation (§§ 32, 33 EEG) Ct/kwh
Roof-mounted facilities
Capacity
Up to 30 kW 24.43*
Up to 100 kW 23.23*
Up to 1 MW 21.98*
Over 1 MW 18.33*
If generated electricity is consumed within immediate vicinity of building/facility by operator or third parties for installations up to 500 kW: Payment of feed-in tariffs for consumed electricity, but the applicable feed-in tariffs will be reduced by EUR 0.1638 for up to 30 percent of the generated power and by EUR 0.12 for the remaining power
Freestanding facilities
Conversion/Sealed Areas 18.76*
Other Qualified Areas (additional requirements apply) 17.94*
 * New, reduced feed-in tariffs apply retroactively as of 1 April 2012, details see here and here
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