Germany hits 32.6 GW cumulative PV capacity01. March 2013 | Applications & Installations, Global PV markets, Industry & Suppliers, Investor news, Markets & Trends | By: Sandra Enkhardt
Germany installed 274 MW worth of photovoltaics in January, according to the latest figures from the Federal Network Agency. Overall, the country has a cumulative photovoltaic capacity of 32.6 GW.
The 274 MW of new capacity is spread across 9,299 systems. As such, cumulative photovoltaic capacity has reached an impressive 32.66 GW, of which over 26.5 GW were installed between early 2009 and late 2012. Once Germany reaches 52 GW, the Federal Government plans to phase out support for solar power.
Meanwhile, between June and December last year, 3.2 GW of photovoltaics was added in Germany. These figures have been subsequently corrected, said the agency. Installations in this period serve as the basis for calculating the future monthly degression.
For February, March and April, the Federal Network Agency has imposed a photovoltaic FIT reduction of 2.2% each month. As such, since March 1, €0.1127/kW is paid to systems between one and 10 MW in size. For smaller rooftop projects, operators receive between €0.1377 and €0.1628/kWh, depending on the system size.
Translated and edited by Becky Beetz.
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