05.08.2013
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New solar FITs in Germany and UK

The UK has announced its new feed-in tariffs for the rest of the year, as has Germany. The Germans continue to decrease the rates by 1.8% each month as the country remains above the government's official target.

UK grid regulator Ofgem has announced (PDF) the feed-in tariffs for PV for the rest of 2013. The highest rate goes to home arrays smaller than 4 kW, which are eligible for up to 14.90 pence (17.14 cents), down from 15.44 pence. The rates drop to 11 pence for arrays on buildings between 150-250 kW. The lowest rate, for larger and ground-mounted systems, is 7.10 pence.

Meanwhile, Germany roars on with its PV installations, with 1.8 GW having been installed in the first six months of the year (XLS), compared to a total of less than 1.7 GW in the UK – not this year, but overall. The Germans are once again on course to surpass their “target corridor” of 2.5-3.5 GW of newly installed solar annually, possibly reaching 4 GW in 2013.

Because the target will once again be surpassed, Germany continues to lower its FITs for PV by 1.8% per month. Keep in mind that the rates hold for 20 years on the date of the grid connection; they are not reduced for existing systems.

A milestone is coming up. On October 1, FITs for the largest array size (up to 10 MW, above which no FITs are offered any longer) will drop below 10 cents for the first time to 9.88 cents. By then, FITs for the the smallest roof arrays (which receive the highest FITs) will have fallen to 14.27 cents in Germany. (Craig Morris)

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5 Comments on "New solar FITs in Germany and UK "

  1. Yasir Ali Lodhi - 10.12.2013, 17:16 Uhr (Report comment)

    Dear Sir,
    I am Yasir Lodhi Electronic Engineer from Pakistan, I have installed some little projects here, and recently I have done another 8 weeks online course with good grade through EDX website. I wanna ask to you how can I join renewablesinternational from pakistan any procedure??? another side I have some projects here in Pakistan but I dont have big team who can install big projects like 75kw.
    Please arrange any online meeting which can help you to understand. I can provide you any additional information you may require. I am patiently waiting for any good reply.
    Warmest Regard Yasir

  2. Derek Bolton - 05.08.2013, 01:45 Uhr (Report comment)

    Oh, I see - it's Eurocents.

  3. Derek Bolton - 05.08.2013, 01:40 Uhr (Report comment)

    14.9 pence = 17.14 cents? What flavour of dollar is that? Shouldn't it be more like 23 cents?

  4. heinbloed - 05.08.2013, 13:46 Uhr (Report comment)

    The PV-market is entering "the third phase", becoming independant from FITs:


    http://www.photon-international.com/news_archiv/details.aspx?cat=News_PI&sub=worldwide&pub=4&parent=6490


    http://www.solarserver.de/solar-magazin/nachrichten/aktuelles/2013/kw32/solarbuzz-europaeischer-photovoltaik-markt-wird-2013-auf-112-gigawatt-schrumpfen.html
    We see PV-projects in Spain now being installed without the state being involved. How long this goverment in Spain and it's 'regulations' will survive we'll see as well ...

  5. James Wimberley - 05.08.2013, 13:09 Uhr (Report comment)

    The patriotic chest-thumping is misplaced. If you look at the installed levels of PV, Germany is still ahead of all other countries at current installation rates, it is only behind China, the US and (I think) Japan. But compared to the peak of 2012, the German PV sector has slumped, matched only by disastrous Spain. How many other countries have policies actually to cut their rate of installation? Not many policymakers in the world think of Altmaier as a role model. After a bad start and policy zig-zags, the UK now has pretty clear and sustainable PV and wind policies, resulting in steady growth. It's good news that the German exception is fading into the background.

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