IBC Solar is satisfied with its installed capacity thus far this year. It has managed to install around 50MW of large-scale PV projects in Germany in this period and seeks to achieve its goal of 80MW by year end. IBC will develop a part of this capacity as its own projects, and another part as a general contractor for investors.
IBC Solar further highlighted that slightly more than half of the upcoming 30MW are PV projects on commercial and industrial sites that are to be connected until the end of August under the EEG conditions. The remaining projects fall under the pilot tenders for PV ground-mounted systems.
Volume expansion requested
With regards to the tender system, which will be the only remuneration possibility for ground-mounted PV from September onwards, IBC Solar requests a significant expansion of volume. For the next three years, the federal German government is planning three tender rounds comprising 1,200 MW of ground-mounted capacity.
According to IBC Solar, 300 MW are also planned for brownfield sites. This addition, however, has not been announced though the Federal Network Agency sees the development happening, stated an IBC Solar spokesperson when asked by pv magazine. The Agency did not want to confirm this but referred to the Key Notes paper of the Federal Economic Ministry for the EEG Reform in 2016 where a possible expansion of sites is indeed included. Accordingly brownfields can also be included in the tendering procedures for ground-mounted PV plants then. Currently they are not included.
The tender process is by no means, according to IBC Solar, a sufficient means to achieve the politically desired 2.4 to 2.6 GW annually. "The market definitely has more potential," stated Oliver Partheymüller, Germany Project Manager at IBC Solar. This is also reflected by the fact that the first two rounds of tenders were heavily oversubscribed. In the second round, IBC Solar was able to gain a bid. "But we have only reached the minimum of our goal," Partheymüller added. Overall the comapny was able to secure 11 MW of PV projects in the first two rounds.
In the first half of the year, 525 MW of PV capacity was developed in Germany according to the Federal Agency’s registered data. This gives IBC Solar a market share of around 10% in Germany.
Translated and edited by Shamsiah Ali-Oettinger