Reduced German feed-in tariffs and rising module prices due to the impact of the EU anti-dumping investigation and preliminary duties mean the free-field PV project business in Germany is dead, according to major project developer, juwi.
As a result, juwi expects to only install around 10MW in Germany in 2013, compared to over 100MW in 2012.
“Apart from some exceptions, it is not possible to realise free-field PV projects profitably in Germany anymore,” said juwi’s CEO Matthias Willenbacher, ahead of Intersolar Europe.
“Today and in the near future, there is no economic base in Germany. “Solar energy has an enormous potential worldwide, especially in the booming markets of Southeast Asia and India.”
The company said it was realigning its PV project business to seek greater opportunities outside Germany though total expected installations in 2013 would not meet installations seen in 2012.
The project developer noted that it installed 321MW in 2012 but above 200MW internationally in 2013.
Like a growing number of PV companies, juwi will be offering energy storage systems for rooftops including the commercial rooftop sector.