German Feed-in Tariff (FiT) to reduce in two phases?

Following weeks of discussion between the German Parliament and the Federal States on the funding of Solar Photovoltaic (PV), the mediation committee seems to be heading towards an agreement.

EuPD Research reports that the reductions will be the same amount as originally planned (i.e. 16% for rooftop solar PV systems, 15% for groundmounted systems, and 11% for ground mounted systems in commercial and industrial areas.) The only difference being that, if consensus is reached, the reductions would be introduced on a step by step basis. Therefore, the reductions which would be backdated to 1 July 2010 are as follows:

  • 13 percent for rooftop systems;
  • 12 percent for open-space systems;
  • 8 percent for surfaces designated for land use change.

Following on from this, all three tariffs would be decreased again by three percentage points from 1 October 2010.

The intention to cut all subsidies for farmland as of 1 July 2010 has not been revised and will be enforced as originally planned.


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