Germany Announces PV Funding Changes, Confirms Nuclear Plant Shutdown


Germany's Bundestag has confirmed previously announced plans to phase out nuclear energy in the country by 2022. The new renewable energy law (Erneuerbare-Energien-Gesetz, EEG) also calls for changes to funding levels for PV installations.

All nuclear power plants in Germany will be shut down in phases by 2022, except for one plant to remain in reserve, according to market research firm EuPD Research.

Despite objections raised by opposing parties, the government opted to retain its planned framework to reduce funding for PV installations. Under the EEG, capacity limits will not be implemented, but feed-in tariffs (FITs) will be reduced by 9% beginning in 2012. Additional cuts will depend on total installations. The goal of the FIT reductions is to match the levels with advances made in PV technology and manufacturing, EuPD Research says.

In addition, self-consumption regulations will be extended to two years but restricted for plants with a size of up to 100 kW. Plants with an output of 30 kW to 100 kW that were built in 2009 and after must be retrofitted with a technical installation for the remote-controlled reduction of feed-in power by Jan. 1, 2014. Operators of smaller plants can limit their feed-in power to 70% or be included in the simplified feed-in management.

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