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Germany introduces new renewable energy law

Under the new regulatory frameworks, the feed-in tariff scheme for rooftop PV will be maintained although only PV systems with a power output of up to 300 kW will be entitled to have the FIT at current levels. Installations ranging in size from 300-750 kW will receive only half of the payment. Owners of the latter scale of system, however, will be allowed to self-consume the generated energy.


Maxeon brings its AC module with power of up to 415 W to Europe

Authorized Sunpower distributors and installers in Germany, Switzerland, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Malta, and the Netherlands are now offering the Maxeon 5 AC module for rooftop projects. An Enphase microinverter is already integrated into the product.

Meyer Burger and Ecosolifer sign settlement agreement on heterojunction cell line

The two companies have concluded a settlement after several years of stalling. Ecosolifer will pay for part of the cell production line ordered in 2015 but Meyer Burger will incur a net loss of almost CHF2 million.

EnBW builds another 300 MW of unsubsidized solar in Germany, ERG announces plans for 600 MW

German utility EnBW plans to build 300 MW of solar at two sites in northeastern Germany, while Italian oil company ERG has entered the German PV market with a 600 MW PV project portfolio.

Germany hits 2 million PV system installations

By the end of October, about 2 million PV systems were operational throughout Germany, according to the German Solar Industry Association (BSW-Solar).


Meyer Burger and SMA call for an industrial strategy for PV production in Germany

The two PV companies have outlined how competitive value creation in Germany and Europe can succeed. This would also be important in order to preserve technologies and innovations in this country. Meyer Burger and SMA make four specific proposals in which they have an eye on both the generation of solar power and the manufacture of the photovoltaic products required for this.

Growing German storage market buoyed by falling prices

RWTH Aachen University and Forschungszentrum Jülich evaluated the data. It shows a growing demand for photovoltaic storage systems in 2019 and continued positive market sentiment lasting well into 2020.

Germany deployed 421 MW of PV in October

In the first ten months of the year, the country saw the addition of PV systems totaling 3,924 MW. The rooftop segment keeps prevailing in the German PV market.


Switzerland raises rebates for PV systems up to 30 kW

The rebate for small-sized rooftop PV projects was raised from CHF340 (€314) to CHF380 per kilowatt installed.


New round, same result: PV takes it all in Germany’s wind-solar tender

The German authorities allocated around 202 MW of solar power in the procurement exercise. Final prices ranged between €0.0518 and €0.0545 per kWh.

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