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March 2014 Sees 155.805 MWp of New Solar Capacity, Regular 1% Degression of Tariffs from Mai to July 2014

In March 2014 new solar capacity amounting to 155.805 MWp was installed, the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA), the German regulator, informed. Total German PV capacity eligible for support under the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) amounted to 36,152 MWp at the end of March. The regular 1% monthly degression of feed-in tariffs for the period May to July 2014 applies.

March additions range between the figures for January 2014 (193.047 MWp) and February 2014 (110.379 MWp). They compare with previous years as follows: 03/2010: 331.378 MWp; 03/2011: 147.356 MWp; 03/2012: 1,222.770 MWp; 03/2013: 288.809 MWp).

Based on the latest information published by BNetzA (please note that figures may subsequently be corrected upon new information without leading to a new publication of the monthly figures), the March 2014 capacity additions lead to the following table of German PV capacity eligible for financial support pursuant to the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG).

Year Month MWp MWp
End of 2008 6,120
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
Installed 2012 7,604.142
End of 2012 32,388.626
Installed 2013 3,302.826
End of 2013 35,692
01/2014 193.047*
02/2014 110.379*
03/2014 155.805
Installed 03/2014  459.231
Total 03/2014 36,152 

* corrected figures, average change 0.1%

2. PV Feed-in Tariffs May to July 2014

As newly installed PV capacity stayed within the 2.5 to 3.5 GWp target corridor laid down in Section 20a EEG, in the previous three months, the monthly degression for the period May to July 2014 is 1% (Section 20b para. 1, 8 and 9 EEG). The 1% degression translates into solar feed-in tariffs as shown here [1].

Please note that the government adopted a draft bill amending the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) with the aim to contain the costs for the support of renewables under the EEG. The bill, which is scheduled to enter into force on 1 August 2014, is currently in the legislative process (regarding the bill, its effects on solar power and the next steps, please click here [2]).

Source: Federal Network Agency [3]

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