Almost 612 MWp of New Solar Capacity in October 2012

The latest figures published by the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) show that 611.856 MWp of new solar capacity eligible for payments pursuant to the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) have been added in October 2012. By the end of October, the total of new capacities installed in 2012 amounted to 6,838.765 MWp, and overall solar capacity in Germany amounted to 31,623.249 MWp.

In accordance with Section 20a para. 2 nos. 1 and 2 EEG, BNetzA publishes on the last calender day of a given month the photovoltaic installations registered with BNetzA at the end of the previous month, thereby indicating the total of the newly installed capacity eligible for payments under the EEG. In October 2012 this sum amounted to 611.856 MWp.

According to 20a para. 5 EEG solar power plants with a capacity of more than 10 MW only receive financial support pursuant to the EEG (feed-in tariff payments or a market premium for directly marketed solar energy) for the first 10 MW. This does not apply to solar power plants on conversion areas in the sense of Section 32 para. 1 no. 3 c, cc EEG that were commissioned before 1 October 2012. Following the end of this grace period, BNetzA announced to publish two sums, one containing only capacities up to 10 MW and one giving the full total of capacities. For October the total of all newly added solar capacities also amounted to 611,856 MWp.

On 31 October 2012 the total amount of solar power capacities for which EEG payments are made in Germany amounted to 31,623.249 MWp. This includes the October additions of 611.856 MWp plus 24,891.393 MWp that were added between 1 January 2009 and 30 September 2012 and 6,120 MWp that were commissioned before 1 January 2009 (regarding the subtotals please see here).

The October 2012 capacity additions lead to the following table of German PV capacity elegible for financial support pursuant to the EEG for 2012:

Year Month MWp MWp
  01/2012 516.582  
  02/2012 229.919  
  03/2012 1,222.770  
  04/2012 358.998  
  05/2012 254.232  
  06/2012 1,790.921  
  07/2012 543.225  
  08/2012 329.433  
  09/2012 980.829  
  10/2012 611.856  
Total 31.10.2012   6,838.765

Clearly Germany will again exceed the EEG corridor of 2,500 and 3,500 MWp per calendar year for additional photovoltaic (cf. Section 20a para. 1 EEG), but has not yet reached the 52 GW cap laid down in Section 20b para. 9a. Said provision stipulates that feed-in tariff payments according to Section 32 EEG will not be paid for new installations that start operating the following calendar month.

For photovoltaic installations commencing operations between 1 November 2012 and 31 January 2013 BNetzA already announced a decrease of the feed-in tariffs by 2.5% per month in late October. This reduction consists of the regular monthly 1% decrease plus an additional decrease of 1.5% pursuant to Section 20b para. 2 EEG. The provision stipulates that a staggered additional reduction on top of the regular monthly 1% reduction applies if the installed capacities of solar power plants promoted under the EEG exceeds the corridor of 2,500 and 3,500 MWp per calendar year for additional photovoltaic contained in Section 20a para. 1 EEG.

[figures corrected after release November figures BNetzA]

Source: Federal Network Agency

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1 Response to “Almost 612 MWp of New Solar Capacity in October 2012”

  • Production of all solar panels = 32,234.856 MWp x 8760 x 0.95 = 26,825,847 MWh/yr, variable, intermittent, during part of the day, none at night.

    Production from (4) 1,000 MW nuclear plant = 4,000 MW x 8760 x 0.90 = 31,536,000, steady, 24/7/365

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