New solar power plant capacity was again moderate, with additions of plants eligible for feed-in tariffs pursuant to the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) amounting to 211.215 MWp in February 2013, the Federal Network Agency reported.
Hence the trend of the past five month continues. However, February figures have always been low over the past three solar boom years (2010: 163.280 MWp; 2011: 99.710 MWp; 2012: 229.919 MWp). Yet it is noteworthy that the limitation of solar feed-in tariff payments to a feed-in capacity of up to 10 MW has lead to considerably fewer large new installations. Only 23 new solar power plants had a capacity of more than 1 MW in February, the biggest being an 8.2 MWp plant in Brandenburg.
Based on the latest information published by BNetzA (please note that figures may be subsequently corrected upon new information without leading to a new publication of the monthly figures), the February 2013 capacity additions lead to the following table of German PV capacity eligible for financial support pursuant to the EEG.
|End of 2008||6,120,000|
|End of 2009||9,921,572|
|End of 2010||17,299,250|
|End of 2011||24,784,484|
|End of 2012||32,388,626|
Source: Federal Network Agency
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