German Federal Network Agency publishes new tariff rates

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The German Federal Network Agency or Bundesnetzagentur has published the country's new tariffs for photovoltaic systems in the Federal Gazette. All PV systems due to begin operation in 2011 will face a 13% cut in subsidy compared with current tariffs. Installation operators will therefore receive between €0.21.11 and €0.28.74 cents for each kilowatt hour of solar electricity fed into the mains, depending on size and location of the installation.

Under the arrangements in the Renewable Energy Souces Act (EEG), the Bundesnetzagentur annually determines the tariffs and degression for the upcoming year based on the data supplied by the PV system operators on new installations. The EEG sets forth a range of threshold values for a higher or lower degression level.

Since the 2010 tariffs were yet again decreased by the legislative branch, when calculating the degression for the coming year only, the notifications of new systems in the period beginning in June to end of September 2010 needed to be taken into account and then extrapolated to the entire year in line with the EEG.

“In June 2010 alone more than 2,000MW have been installed. This exceeds the level of the previous five months,” said Matthias Kurth, president of the Bundesnetzagentur. “The new installations notified for January to September 2010 added up to more than 5,250MW. Compared with this, in the whole of 2009 newly installed photovoltaic systems provided about 3,800MW.”

Kurth also highlighted that photovoltaic system operators can forward their installation data online via the Bundesnetzagentur's new PV web portal, with immediate effect. This will make the process significantly more efficient, since previous to this move the form for notifying these data had to be sent by mail, fax, or e-mail.

“This modern and fast means of data transmission will facilitate matters tremendously for installation operators. I personally suggest that installation operators take advantage of the new PV portal. They will promptly receive confirmation of their registration with all the notified data. Installation operators not wishing to use the portal can continue to enter the data on their photovoltaic systems in the relevant form and send this form to us,” said Kurth.

Full degression rates can be found on the Bundesnetzagentur's website.

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