German PV Installations Hit Record Low: Only 75.431 MWp Installed in Oktober 2014 – 38,022 MWp in Total

New German PV installations hit a record low of 75.431 MWp in October 2014. This is the lowest amount in the last four years. Only February 2011 comes somewhat close with 99.710 MWp. In total 38,022 MWp of solar capacity were eligible for support under the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) at the end of the month, the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) informed.

Compared with October 2013 (225.957 MWp) installations were down 67%. This is again more than the decline in September 2014 and August 2014. In October 2010 and 2011 new capacity amounted to 334.910 MWp respectively 485.629 MWp. In October 2012 611.856 MWp were installed. While solar PV growth in 2013 and at the beginning of 2014 was considerably slower than in the boom years 2010, 2011 and 2012, the amendment of the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) that entered into force on 1 August 2014 seems to have slowed down solar growth further (for more information on the changes the EEG 2014 brought, please see here).

Based on the information published by BNetzA (please note that figures may subsequently be, and have repeatedly been, corrected upon new information without leading to a new publication of the monthly figures), the October 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
Total solar capacity by end of 2009 10,566
Total solar capacity in the period of 1 January 2010 to 30 October 2014 27.456
01/2014 192.990
02/2014 110.357
03/2014 155.680
04/2014 163.025
05/2014 203.668
06/2014 188.431
07/2014 343.178
08/2014 140.147
09/2014 110.090
10/2014 75.431
Installed 10/2014 1,682.997
Total solar capacity by 30 October 2014 38.022


For the new solar remuneration system as of 1 August 2014 (i.e. feed-in tariffs for new small plants in the sense of Section 37 EEG 2014 (plants up to 500 kWp) and market premiums for all other new plants, which have to sell power directly) as well as the monthly reductions for the months October to December 2014 please see here.

The annual growth target for new PV capacity is 2,500 MWp (Section 3 no. 3 EEG 2014).

As PV capacity growth is below the target corridor of between 2,400 and 2,600 MWp per year, the monthly reduction of applicable remuneration/feed-in tariffs has been reduced to 0.25% instead of the regular monthly degression of 0.5% (Sec. 31 EEG 2014).

Source: Federal Network Agency

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13 Responses to “German PV Installations Hit Record Low: Only 75.431 MWp Installed in Oktober 2014 – 38,022 MWp in Total”

  • It seems that the market has given a clear answer about the question of whether or not the about 5% increase in tariff would compensate for the taxation of self-consumed electricity.

    It also underlines how important self-consumption is for the profitability of projects at the current tariff.

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