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)