Germany installed just 1.89GW of solar power capacity in 2014, according to official figures released by the country’s Federal Network Operator.
The figure is far lower than the 2.8GW forecast by analysts EuPD Research and falls below the 2.5GW cap introduced by the government for 2015 onwards.
In 2013 Germany installed 3.3GW after the market slumped from 2012’s 7.6GW total. Cumulative capacity has now edged past 38GW.
December saw 3,951 new installations totalling 107.6MW, up, just, from November’s 105.9MW. December 2013 saw 166MW installed. Only 13 of last month’s installations were more than 1MW in size.
Last week, the government confirmed that ground-mount solar would be limited to 1.2GW in total between 2015-2017 with auctions in each year decreasing in scale from 500MW in 2015, to 400MW in 2016 and 300MW in 2017.