German solar cuts "hit parliamentary hurdle"

If the parliamentary committee is called, the proposed cuts, which include a 16 percent reduction in so-called feed-in tariffs for new rooftop solar installations, would not be able to take effect on July 1 as planned, the sources said.

The impasse has arisen because states in eastern Germany, along with the big western states of Baden-Wuerttemberg and Bavaria, where the solar industry is strong and provides thousands of jobs, have decided to block approval, sources said.

According to Reuters, the Bundesrat, which represents Germany’s 16 states, is due to vote on the planned changes today.

The cuts, which have been passed by the Bundestag lower house, could still be applied retroactively, the sources said.

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