BNetzA Announces 2.5% Degression of Solar Feed-in Tariffs for November to January

The German Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur – BNetzA) announced that the feed-in tariffs for electricity generated by photovoltaic installations commencing operation between 1 November 2012 and 31 January 2013 will decrease by 2.5% per month.

The BNetzA continuously monitors the installation of new photovoltaic systems to set the feed-in tariffs withing the framework provided in the Renewable Energy Sources Act (Erneuerbare-Energien-Gesetz, “EEG”). According to sec. 20a EEG the political corridor for additional installation of photovoltaic energy was set between 2,500 and 3,500 MWp per calendar year. Exceeding these limits, feed-in tariffs for new installations are not only subject to the standard decrease of 1% per month (cf. sec. 20b para. 1 EEG) but to an additional decrease of 0.4 to 1.8%, depending on the extent of such exceedance (sec. 20b para. 2 EEG).

The additional PV capacity in July, August and September amounted to 1,849.171 MWp in total.

Month Capacity (kWp)
July 2012 538,714
August 2012 329,628
September 2012 980,829
Total 1,849,171

Multiplied by 4, this would lead to an annual additional capacity of almost 7.4 GWp. Based on this calculation, the total would exceed the corridor’s maximum of 3.5 GWp by 3.9 GWp. If the corridor is exceeded by more than 3 GWp but less than 4 GWp, the additional reduction is 1.5%.

Consequently, the latest developments have led the BNetzA to set the overall monthly decrease at 2.5%  (1% + 1.5%) for the next three months.

The new feed-in tariffs shall be as follows:

Installations pursuant to § 32(2) EEG Installations pursuant to § 32(1) EEG
 (rooftop) (freestanding)
upt to 10 KWp up to 40 kWp up to 1 MWp up t o 10 MWp upt to 10 MWp
start of operation
from 01.11.2012 17.90 16.98 15.15 12.39 12.39
degression 2.5 percent
from 01.12.2012 17.45 16.56 14.77 12.08 12.08
Degression 2.5 percent
from 01.01.2013 17.02 16.14 14.40 11.78 11.78
Degression 2.5 percent

In January the BNetzA will publish new degression rates for the upcoming months.

Source: BNetzA