Germany reports slower solar growth for March

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Germany’s Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur) has reported solar growth of 156.5 MW for March. Compared to the first two months of the year – when more than 200 MW each were reached – this is a small decline.

Compared to February, the decline is mainly due to the dropping number of PV ground-mounted systems. For this segment, the data of the Federal Network Agency shows that the value fell from almost 95 MW to 35.6 MW. About 20 MW of these relate to large-scale solar projects selected in tenders.

As for smaller rooftop installations, 5,210 PV systems with a total output of 120.5 MW were newly registered with the Federal Network Agency in March. Of these, 3,679 PV systems with a total output of almost 85.5 MW actually went into operation. The remaining assets are represented by pre- or late-time notifications.

The tenant’s PV power supply segment continues to progress slowly. Fifteen new projects have applied for this incentive in March, according to government figures. PV systems installed under this scheme in March have a total capacity of 399 kW.

Overall, since the introduction of the incentive for the tenant’s solar power supply last July, 88 PV systems totaling just 2.15 MW have been reported to the German authorities. Of these, 35 projects with a total output of 897 kW were filed this year. The policy had set an annual limit of 500 MW for the scheme and if exceeded, the additional installed capacity would be deducted from the volume of the following year.

By the end of March, the installed capacity of all subsidized PV systems in Germany increased to 43,561 MW.

The Federal Network Agency also announced the level of the FITs for the three-month period from May to July will remain unchanged. Overall, they have not changed since July 2017.

The FITs for rooftop projects in May are between €0.1061 and €0.1220 per kWh, depending on the size of the system. For all of other kinds of solar projects, the tariff is €0.0844 per kWh.

For direct marketing, which is mandatory for PV systems over 100 kW, the applied value continues to range between €0.0884 and €0.1260 per kWh.