Switzerland cuts PV tariffs for a third time

The Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications (DETEC) has announced that tariffs will decrease by an average of 15%. The reason cited is the falling prices of photovoltaic modules in the European market. DETEC added that due to the "large uncertainties" of module prices, it will continue to check the level of FITs.

Already this year, Switzerland has made significant FIT reductions of 8% in January and 10% in March. Following the introduction of the latest cuts on October 1, the average remuneration for new photovoltaic installations will be 0.36 Rp/kWh (around US$0.37; €0.30). A further automatic cut of 8% will be introduced in early 2013.

See the table below for a complete overview of the cuts.

Plant category

Size

Remuneration (Rp./kWh)

1.3.2012 – 30.09.2012

From 01.10.2012

Stand alone

?10kW

36.5

33.1

?30kW

33.7

27

?100kW

32

24.8

?1,000 kW

29

23.1

>1,000 kW

28.1

21.6

Fitted

?10kW

39.9

36.1

?30kW

36.8

29.4

?100kW

34.9

26.9

?1,000 kW

31.7

25.1

>1,000 kW

30.7

23.5

Integrated

?10kW

48.8

42.8

?30kW

43.9

36.5

?100kW

39.1

33.2

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