The Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG)
Feed-in Tariffs for Solar Power (Status:01.05.2013, all information without guarantee, only for the German market)
There are new feed-in tariffs as laid out by the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) as of May 2013. The table below lists the currently valid feed-in tariffs.
|Installed system capacity|
|up to 10 kW
|up to 40 kW¹
|up to 1.000 kW ²
|up to 10 MW
|as of Feb. 1, 2013||16,64||15,79||14,08||11,52|
|as of Mar. 1, 2013||16,28||15,44||13,77||11,27|
|as of Apr. 1, 2013||15,92||15,10||13,47||11,02|
|as of May 1, 2013||15,63||14,83||13,23||10,82|
|as of Jun. 1, 2013||15,35||14,56||12,99||10,63|
|as of Jul. 1, 2013||15,07||14,30||12,75||10,44|
¹ Starting on January 1, 2014, 90 percent of the electricity generated receives the payment. The remainder is consumed directly or sold to the free market.
² Starting on January 1, 2014, 90 percent of the electricity generated receives the payment. The remainder is consumed directly or sold to the free market.
The EEG compensation is limited to a capacity of 52 gigawatts (at the time in Germany: 28 gigawatts). When the overall expansion target is reached, new installations will not receive remuneration. However the single feed priority remains ecured for additional new plants after that. The Federal Ministry for the environment will propose a connection scheme in good time before reaching the overall management.
Starting April 1, there is an extraordinary regulation governing the feed-in tariff reductions for specific roof-mounted and ground-mounted systems.
Transitional period for roof-mounted systems:
Roof-mounted systems for which the system operator can prove that a request for grid connection application (in accordance with Section 5 of the EEG) was sent before February 24, 2012, are not affected by the reduced feed-in tariffs when the system is commissioned by June 30 (for new technical commissioning). The system operators in this case will receive the feed-in tariffs that were valid until March 30, 2012, for 20 years.
Transitional period for ground-mounted systems:
- The current conditions for feed-in tariffs will be applied to installations with a mounting or modification declaration before March 1, 2012, provided that technical commissioning takes place by June 30, 2012.
- Systems on converted land with similar specifications will receive an extended transitional period that ends on September 30, 2012. These systems can be commissioned between July 1 and September 30 at a feed-in tariff of 15.95 ct/kWh (15-percent reduction level by July 1, 2012).
Starting August 1, 2013, the amount by which the feed-in tariff is reduced each month will be adjusted every three months, and will depend on the newly installed PV capacity from the previous three to 12 months. The maximum annual reduction in the feed-in tariff is capped at 29 percent.