The German government will face a legal challenge over a policy to apply a PV self-consumption charge.

The industry group BSW-Solar and consumer lobby network the Federation of German Consumer Organisations (vzbv), released a joint statement confirming the plan to challenge the amendment in the country’s constitutional court.

The policy, which was approved by the German cabinet on Tuesday 8 April, would see the Renewable Energy Act (EEG) surcharge applied to self-consumed solar electricity, albeit at a reduced rate.

"A tax on environmentally friendly solar power is nonsense. New photovoltaic systems do not cause significant additional costs for consumers, but significantly relieve the environment,” said Holger Krawinkel, head of consumer policy and energy expert at vzbv.

“The self-generation is an essential part of the energy revolution. But the current plans [prevents] consumers [from] contributing to a more environmentally friendly power generation,” he added.

The groups said they had consulted the law firm Geiser & von Oppen, which had indicated that the policy was, in its opinion, a breach of the constitution.

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