Germany saw a record level of over 7GW of new solar installed in 2012, but is likely to see much more modest growth in 2013.
Figures released by the German environment ministry have confirmed that solar installations in 2012 topped 7,634MW, up 2% on 2011’s 7,485MW.
This is a new annual record for the country and than double the government’s target for 2012 of 3,500MW.
And according to Germany’s solar association BSW, favourable conditions meant the total output of solar power generated last year was up 45% on 2011 at 28TWh.
But the ministry has confirmed that it expects the growth in new installations over 2013 to be in the order of 4,000-4,500MW.
This lower projected growth is due to the latest cuts to Germany’s feed-in tariff (Fit), which were brought in over the autumn to curb increases to household energy bills.
According to reports in local newspaper Die Welt, cited by Bloomberg, the state of Saxony is planning to present proposals to the German parliament for reforming the Fit.
The alternative would be a quota-based system following the Swedish model, which requires utilities to source a certain proportion of their power from renewable sources.