435 MWp of New Solar Capacity in November 2012 – More Than 32 GWp Total

With 435.275 MWp of new solar capacity eligible for payments pursuant to the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) in November 2012, Germany installed 7.274 GWp in the first 11 months of 2012.  December figures may show another solar record – despite the political corridor of 2.5 to 3.5 GWp for this year.

Up until November 2012 new solar capacity receiving feed-in tariffs amount to 7,274.04 MWp, and overall solar capacity in Germany eligible under the EEG amounts to 32,059 MWp, according to the latest figures by the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA). 

The overall figure is massive, as is the total for 2012 up until November, indicating that Germany’s year end figures may show another solar record in 2012. It has been clear for quite some time that the official political corridor of 2,500 and 3,500 MWp per calendar year for additional photovoltaic installations (cf. Section 20a para. 1 EEG) introduced with the 2012 amendment of the EEG has been exceeded dramatically.

To recall: 2010 brought about 7,400 MWp and 2011 about 7,500 MWp of new capacity. At this rate the 52 GW cap laid down in Section 20b para. 9a EEG could be reached in 2015. 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.

Based on the information published by BNetzA, the November 2012 capacity additions lead to the following table of German PV capacity eligible for financial support pursuant to the EEG for 2012:

Year Month kWp kWp
End of 2008     6,120,000
Installed 2009   3,801,572  
End of 2009     9,921,572
Installed 2010   7,377,678  
End of 2010     17,299,250
Installed 2011   7,485,234  
End of 2011     24,784,484
  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  
  11/2012 435,275  
  12/2012 ?  
Installed 11/2012   7,274,040  
Total 30.11.2012     32,058,524

The November figures are still in line with the 2012 total of 32,467 MWp assumed by the TSOs in their October calculation of the 47% EEG surcharge increase for 2013. However, it remains to be seen how correct the TSO are with their assumption that 2013 will bring 6,508 MWp of new solar capacity.

Source: Federal Network Agency

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3 Responses to “435 MWp of New Solar Capacity in November 2012 – More Than 32 GWp Total”

  • Matt Robinson


    May I have the actual electricity generation figures over the same yearly periods please?

    Kind Regards,

  • Mutthias Leng

    Sorry, but I do not have the figures. I do not think they are available yet.

  • Vaughn K. Buntain

    where can I find 2013, german rooftop tariffs 10 – 200 kWp?
    are they still declining at 1% per month?
    do we know what they are for Q1: January, February and March
    thank you

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