German government approves draft regulation for tenants’ solar power supply

The German cabinet has approved the draft regulation for the support of tenants’ solar power supply.

The new rules are intended to support tenants to participate in the advantages of a PV system on the roof of larger apparment houses up to 100 kW with a special additional tariff ranging from €0.0221 ($0.0239)/kWh to €0.0380 ($0.0411)/kWh.

Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), estimates approximately 3.8 million households will be eligible for the tenant solar supply model in Germany.

The new regulation, which must now be approved by Parliament, will likely enter into force by the end of 2017.

Support for this program will be capped at 500 MW per year and limited to PV power systems with capacity up to 100 kW. If the allocated capacity is oversubscribed, the exceeding capacity will be removed from the quota assigned for the following year.

The German solar association BSW-Solar and the Green Party have welcomed the government’s decision, however, both have asked for improvements. Both have urged the government to include the possibility to use the solar power also for tenants in buildings neighboring to the  the building in which the PV system is installed.

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