German Feed-in Tariffs 2010

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 2010.  For facilities commissioned in 2009, 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.  The tables are merely intended to give an overview.  They do not reflect all details of the statutory requirements.

Please also note: The German Bundestag (Parliament) on 8 July 2010 finally decided to reduce the feed-in tariffs for solar installations starting operation for the first time after 30 June 2010 and after 30 September 2010.  The cut per 1 July 2010 shall apply retroactively. A further cut will apply as of 1 October 2010. Details of the reductions can be found here.

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 7.22
Up to 10 MW 6.26
Up to 20 MW 5.74
Up to 50 MW 4.30
Over 50 MW 3.47
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 8.87
Up to 5 MW 6.07

Sewage gas (§ 25 EEG)
Share of capacity
Up to 500 kW 7.00
Up to 5 MW 6.07

Mine gas (§ 26 EEG)
Share of capacity
Up to 1 MW 7.05
Up to 5 MW 5.08
Over 5 MW 4.10

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 1.97
b) up to a maximum of 700 m³/hour 0.99

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 11.55
Up to 500 kW 9.09
Up to 5 MW 8.17
Up to 20 MW 7.71

Bonuses for Biomass I
Bonus for the use of renewable raw materials (“Nawaro Bonus”)
Share of capacity up to 150 kW
Biomass excluding biogas 5.94
Biogas 6.93
- with at least 30% use of farmland manure or slurry +3.96
- plant material predominantly +1.98
from landscape conservation
Share of capacity up to 500 kW
solid biomass 5.94
liquid biomass 1)
gas biomass 5.94
Biogas 6.93
- minimum 30% manure +0.99
- plant material predominantly from landscape conservation +1.98
Capacity up to 5 MW
solid biomass 3.96
liquid biomass 01)
gas biomass 3.96
where wood burnt/ 2.48
where wood from short rotation
coppice and landscape 3.96
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 1.98
b) up to a maximum of 700 m³/hour 0.99

Combined heat and power (CHP) bonus (only for the share of feed-in deemed to be CHP electricity)
Up to 20 MW 2.97 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 15.84
From 10 MW 10.40
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 2.97
For facilities of up to 10 MW with petrothermal technology 3.96
“Quick Starter Bonus” 3.96

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) 9.11
Base fee 4.97

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 39.14*
Up to 100 kW 37.23*
Up to 1 MW 35.23*
Over 1 MW 29.37*

Electricity produced is used within building/facility
Capacity
Up to 30 kW 22.76*

Freestanding facilities
Irrespective of capacity (additional requirements apply) 28.43*

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)
*) Please note the fee changes effective as of 1 July and 1 October 2010! Details can be found here

4) increase/decrease depending on additional installed capacity previous year

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