Solar power plants commissioned as of 1 April 2012 with a capacity of 10 kV to 1 MW will only receive feed-in tariffs pursuant to the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) for 90% of the energy generated as of 1 January 2014 when a new market integration provision in the EEG for solar energy starts to apply, Bundesverband Solarwirtschaft (BSW-Solar), the interest group of the German solar energy industry informed (cf. Sections 33 and 66 para. 19 EEG).
Plant operators can use the remaining 10% themselves, which is often attractive due to higher electricity prices for consumers, or sell this amount to third parties, BSW Solar pointed out. If they decide nonetheless to feed the energy into the grids, operators will only receive the so-called “market value for solar energy”, which is calculated in accordance with Annex 4 to the EEG by the TSOs. In November 2013 the market value for solar energy amounted to 4.2 ct/kWh, about a third of the average solar feed-in tariff remuneration, BSW Solar said. The market integration provision is a first step aimed at slowly weaning off solar energy from state support. It also applies to plants whose energy is fully or partially sold directly with operators claiming the additional market premium pursuant to Section 33g EEG. The market premium will also only cover 90% of the energy.
BSW Solar also pointed out the plant operators covered by the market integration provision need to install meters that can not only record the amount of energy fed into the grids, but also the amount generated. Grid operators have to be provided with the meter readings until 28 February 2015 for energy generated in 2014 and thereafter in regular yearly intervals. If not only 90% of the energy fed into the grids will be remunerated (cf. Section 33 para. 5 EEG).
Source: BSW Solar
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