Buyers of solar batteries will probably get financial help for another three years from 2016 after Economy and Energy Minister Sigmar Gabriel bowed to pressure to keep aid flowing, the BSW solar federation said Friday. Gabriel said earlier this month that loans and subsidies offered by the KfW development bank for solar storage buyers would expire after achieving its aim of kick-starting the market. Yesterday he told parliament he’s changed his mind.
Financial help from the government to buy batteries from companies including Sonnenbatterie GmbH sparked a seven-fold increase in purchases of units, helping to push down their average retail costs by 25 percent, BSW said. The batteries are linked to rooftop photovoltaic systems.
Storage is “at the heart of the Energy Switch,” said the solar industry federation. “Letting the subsidies run out after just two and a half years was too early.”
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Lead image: German Economy Minister and Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel attends a press conference in SPD headquarters Willy-Brandt-Haus in Berlin on November 16, 2015. Credit: Emmanuele Contini / Shutterstock.com