Germany will not reduce solar FITs in Q2 2016

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Germany’s Federal Network Agency announced today that the solar feed-in-tariffs (FIT) will remain unchanged for another three months. Since September 2015, German FIT rates ranged from €0.0853 to €0.1231/kWh (from US$0,1 to $0,14), depending on the size of the plant.

The fact that the government is not going to reduce the feed-in compensations is obviously good news. But the reason behind it is much less positive: the amount of new PV installations in Germany is way below the expected total of 2.4-2.6 GW per year.

In February, the total of PV projects registered by the Federal Network Agency hit the new low of 50.49 MW. Moreover, out of 3216 newly registered PV projects, only 2139 plants totaling 30.97 MW went into operation in February, with the rest being either late or early entrances. Also, no ground-mount PV systems were realized in the country over the previous month.

According to the Federal Network Agency, 1.37 GW of solar PV projects were installed in Germany between March 2015 and February 2016. As long as the total size of solar installations per year remains more than 900 MW lower than the expected 2.4-2.6 GW, FITs will not be reduced. And if the installed capacity falls more than 1400 MW below the targeted amount, the government will increase the tariffs.

Translated by Adilya Zaripova. More information in the article by pv magazine Deutschland (in German).