Over 600 MW Of New Solar Installed In Germany In October (YTD = Almost 7,000 MW)

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611.856 MW of new solar power modules were installed in Germany in October. The official numbers were just released by The German Federal Network Agency. Around 19,000 new solar plants were registered last month.

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A lot of new solar in Germany, but not from large solar power plants like this one.

That brings the total for new solar power installations in Germany for the first ten months of 2012 to around 6,839 MW.

Notably, the large majority of October solar installations were under 10 MW in size.

“From the beginning of October, there were no more subventions for PV power plants larger than 10 MW. The transition period ended as of September 30. This fact is reflected in the data provided by the Agency which shows that only four PV parks with capacities over 10 MW located in Neuhardenberg were registered in October. The other registrations were lesser,” pv magazine writes.

The total installed solar capacity from the beginning of 2012 to July 31 totaled 4.9 GW. That has already risen to nearly 7,000 MW.

“The feed-in tariffs in December are 17.45 Euro cents per kilowatt-hour for systems up to 10 kW. Rooftop systems up to 40 kW receive 16.56 Euro cents per kWh; systems between 40 and 1,000 kW receive 14.77 Euro cents per kWh. All bigger rooftop systems and solar parks up to 10MW capacity get a FIT of 12.08 Euro cents per kWh. In January the solar subsidies will sink another 2.5%. The degression for the months February to April will be released by the Agency latest end of January next year.”

Even as solar FIT incentives are reduced and eventually fade away, however, solar power is becoming competitive enough in the country that it can keep on growing.

Source: PV Magazine
Image Credit: Belelectric

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