Germany Proposes Dramatic Reductions in PV Feed-in Tariffs

According to the German news source Handelsblatt, Germany’s Economic and Environmental Ministers have come to an agreement on additional reductions to the Feed-in Tariff (FIT) rates here. The Renewable Energy Sources Act already had 15% cuts scheduled for July 1st, but under the new proposal, these would be accelerated to April 1st an increased in magnitude. Small rooftop systems would see a 20% reduction, while large ground-mounted systems would see their FIT rates cut by 30%.

At the same time, only 90% of electricity production would be eligible for FITs (or even less, for applications such as small residential systems). The remaining electricity could be used onsite, or sold on the spot market. For those installations without significant onsite demand during the day, this effectively reduces FIT rates even further.

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Joanna Gubman is a 2011-2012 recipient of the German Chancellor Fellowship for Prospective Leaders. She is spending her fellowship year at the German Solar Industry Association, BSW-Solar , exploring incentive and business model alternatives as the German market achieves grid parity. Previously, Gubman was a Managing Consultant in the Energy Efficiency group at Navigant Consulting. There she analyzed technologies and policies to improve energy efficiency, including analysis and implications of the CPUC Long Term Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan (net zero energy new buildings and widespread adoption of whole-house retrofits); identification & promotion of emerging technologies for utility energy efficiency incentive programs; and development of corporate sustainability initiatives. She also served as project manager for the California Sustainability Alliance. Gubman received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University. You can find her online on LinkedIn , Twitter ( @JoannaGubman ), and xing , and via email at cleantech@alumni.stanford.edu . The views she expresses here and elsewhere are her own, and do not reflect those of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation or the German Solar Industry Association (BSW-Solar).

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