Germany: 13 percent FIT degression expected

Although the announcements are preliminary, it says the figures in the three-month time period “were decisive for this calculation”, with June seeing a massive 2,120 megawatts peak (MWp) of installed capacity, July 670 MWp and August 360 MWp.

Consequently, the PV development which took place in this timeframe lies at 3,150 MWp. “Without even considering the capacity which was installed in September, the projected 6,500 MWp were exceeded,” stated the EuPD.

In total, newly installed capacity for the first eight months of this year in Germany has hit 4,882 MWp. This is in comparison to the 3,806 MWp installed throughout the whole of last year.

At 38 percent, and representing the largest share of that installed capacity, are projects between 10 and 50 kWp in size (42 percent in 2009). Having grown from last year by six percent, installations between 50 and 250 kWp comprise 26 percent of this year’s capacity.

The capacity of installations larger than one MWp, on the other hand, has decreased this year, and represents just 14 percent in the first eight months compared to 17 percent last year. Installations between 250 and 1,000 kWp, however, grew from last year to reach 12 percent (nine percent in 2009), and installations under 10 kWp represent ten percent of the installed capacity for this year to date (12 percent in 2009).

The current EEG foresees a reasonable degression of nine percent. If the market volume exceeds the federal government’s target of 3.5 gigawatt peak (GWp) of newly installed capacity, the degression will rise by one percent for each additionally installed GW. This means, for an expansion of over 6,500 MWp, the degression has reached its maximum limit of 13 percent. ??

Based on a degression of 13 percent, the following remuneration rates are calculated for the year 2011:

• Open-space installations on conversion areas: 0.220€

• Other open-space installations: 0.210€

• Rooftop installations ? 30 kWp: 0.286€

• Rooftop installations > 30kW ? 100 kWp: 0.272€

• Rooftop installations < 100 kWp ? 1,000 kWp: 0.257€

• Rooftop installations > 1,000 kWp: 0.227€