Germany: Government approves solar cuts

There was no decision made to appeal to the Conciliation Committee, thus the European Law Amendment Act Renewable Energy (EE EAG) has been adopted, confirmed spokeswoman Camilla Linke to pv magazine. The Environment Committee presented this recommendation to the 16 states representatives.

Last month, after a debate in the Bundestag, delegates decided to accelerate the cuts in FITs for PV roof installations starting on July 1, and for ground-mounted PV plants as of September 1.

The new amendment states that the FIT will be lowered by up to 15 percent, depending on the growth of the PV market in the months from March to May. This will then accelerate the flexible component of the legally prescribed gradual decrease.

At the end of the year, there will also be an additional reduction – so that PV FITs could drop by as much as 24 percent by January 1, 2012. German Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety Norbert Röttgen (CDU) prepared the proposal in cooperation with the German Solar Industry Association (BSW-Solar).