When will the German PV slump end? It is a question that appears difficult to answer, with July installation figures again confirming the market remains in the doldrums. 81.628 MW of PV was installed in July, across 4,999 small scale systems and three utility scale arrays. The three PV power plants were relatively small, with capacities of 3.758 MW, 3.362 MW and 206 kW.
The depressed July installation figures come after June saw a relative uptick. 120 MW of solar was installed and connected to German grids in the month, bringing the total for the first six months of the year to 513 MW.
Given the comparatively low installation level in Germany in 2016, the PV FIT will not change. It currently stands at between 0.0853 and 0.1231/kWh depending on installation size and type. A FIT digression has now not taken place since September 2015.
Germany conducted four tender rounds for large scale installations between April 2015 and April 2016. 122 bids, worth 650 MW, were successful in the tender process. Responding to a request from pv magazine, the Federal Network Agency has revealed that only 17 of the projects, with a capacity of 104 MW, that had been successful under the tender process had been installed by mid-August.
Translated and edited by Jonathan Gifford