According to the figures published by the German Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur), the combined capacity of newly registered PV systems in Germany in January was 220.1 MW.
An upward trend was registered especially in the segment of small-sized projects, compared to the last quarter of 2017.
A total of 6,125 PV systems with a total power of 186.5 MW was reported by the agency for January. As for the grid-connected capacity, the agency said that 159 MW consisting of 4,673 PV systems came online last year. The remaining around 60 MW are for registered projects that were not commissioned in January.
Ground-mounted systems listed in the register of installations totaled 33.6 MW last month. In total, the commissioning of 32 solar parks has been reported to the Federal Network Agency.
Twenty five of these projects have a capacity of just under 750 kW. Up to this limit, ground-mounted systems can be built outside of Germany’s tender scheme for large-scale solar. In January, according to the figures of the Federal Network Agency, six solar projects from the previous tender rounds have been completed.
The demand for PV under Germany’s law for tenants’ solar power supply is also rather restrained. Twelve new plants with an installed capacity of 289.6 kW were registered with the Bonn-based authority for the first month of the year. The directory shows that since the introduction of this regulation, 65 projects with a total output of just under 1.54 MW have now been realized.
At the end of January, the Federal Network Agency published the levels of solar FITs for the months of February, March and April. These, the agency stressed, remained unchanged since July 2017. FITs for rooftop PV will range between €0.1061/kWh and €0.1220/kWh depending on system size, while for other projects, the FIT will be €0.0844/kWh.
Under direct marketing, which is mandatory for PV systems over 100 kW, the FIT will be between €0.0884 and €0.1260 per kWh. For the calculation of the FIT degression, the growth registered in the second half of 2017, which was around 852 MW, was decisive.
The combined capacity all grid-connected PV systems in Germany totaled 43.20 GW at the end of January, according to the Bundesnetzagentur.