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German PV installations fell to 946 MW in May

The slight growth was mainly due to large commercial and ground-mounted systems. The Federal Network Agency also corrected new installation figures for April upwards from 1,040 to 1,177 MW.

SMA lowers sales and earnings forecast for 2024

SMA Solar Technology AG is significantly lowering its forecast for the current fiscal year. Accordingly, sales are expected to be between €1.55 and €1.7 billion instead of between €1.95 and €2.22 billion. The new EBITDA target is €80 to €130 million instead of €220 to €290 million.

Golf courses consume more land than PV in Germany

Christian Victor, an X (formerly Twitter) user, has published a new map showing land consumption in Germany. It reveals that open-cast mines occupy more square meters than ground-mounted solar arrays and wind farms combined.

Wacker Chemie’s sales, earnings fall in tough market

German chemical group Wacker Chemie says its sales fell 22% year on year to €6.40 billion ($6.9 billion) in 2023. Its polysilicon division contributed EUR 1.6 billion to sales, down from EUR 2.29 billion in the preceding year.


Germany hits 356,000 heat pump installations in 2023

Heat pump sales in Germany rose by more than 50% for the second year in a row in 2023, according to new figures from Bundesverband Wärmepumpe (BWP).


Many buildings in Germany unsuitable for rooftop PV, says TÜV Süd

TÜV Süd has discovered that 8% of the rooftops it examined in Germany last year are not suitable for PV deployment.

Austria allocated incentives for 2 GW of solar, 646 MWh of storage this year

OeMAG, an Austrian government-run agency, has allocated incentives for solar and storage across 121,000 contracts this year. Their number was significantly lower in 2022.


German consortium aims for backsheets with 40-year lifecycle

The “Folie40” project involves backsheet makers, solar module manufacturers, and research institutions such as Folienwerk Wolfen, Meyer Burger, Aluminum Féron, Fraunhofer ISE, and the Anhalt University of Applied Sciences.


Germany wraps up ‘innovative’ tender with average price of €0.0833/kWh

Germany has concluded a new renewables tender, securing 408 MW of capacity at an average price of €0.0833 ($0.09)/kWh.


Germany’s new solar installations hit 1.05 GW in August

Germany’s new solar installations surged to 1.05 GW in August, contributing to 8.99 GW of newly installed PV capacity for the first eight months of this year. This marks significant growth from the 4.8 GW installed during the same period in 2022.


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