Germany Plans 15% Solar FIT Reduction Beginning Next Year


Germany will reduce its solar feed-in-tariff (FIT) rates on Jan. 1, 2012, by 15%, following the government's review of installed capacity figures from Oct. 1, 2010, to Sept. 30, 2011. Added solar capacity from this time period totaled approximately 5,200 MW – with 3,300 MW installed during the first five months of 2011.

The amount by which the FIT is reduced is determined by installed capacity numbers, market research firm EuPD Research explains. The base reduction is 9%, and if installed capacity for the target time period exceeds 3,500 MW, an additional 3% reduction takes place, with 3% more reduced for each additional GW.

Therefore, rooftop PV installations up to 30 kW in capacity will receive a FIT of 0.2443 euro/kWh, EuPD Research says. Rooftop installations up to 100 kW will receive 0.2323 euro/kWh, roof installations up to 1 MW will receive 0.2198 euro/kWh and roof installations larger than 1 MW will receive 0.1833 euro/kWh. Ground-mount installations will receive 0.1794 euro/kWh.

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