Germany Installs 775 MW Of PV In Q1 2013

Sign up for daily news updates from CleanTechnica on email. Or follow us on Google News!

Derived from German-language reports, Germany’s Federal Environment Minister, Peter Altmaier, announced that the country had added 290 megawatts (MW) of new photovoltaic capacity in March.

This information comes ahead of expected Federal Network Agency figures, but if the information proves to be accurate then that not only means that Germany has installed 775 MW of photovoltaic capacity in the first quarter of 2013.

Image Credit: Solar Panels via Shutterstock
Image Credit: Solar Panels via Shutterstock

The figure is actually lower than any of the decreasing monthly installations from the end of 2012, but higher than the 275 MW installed in January and 211 MW in February this year. These fluctuations are laid at the feet of the reductions to the German solar feed-in tariff that took place at the beginning of this year. However, the low average for each month may in fact slow the continual decrease to PV FiTs.

Germany installed a record amount of PV last year, reaching 7.6 gigawatts (GW) of new capacity in a year that concluded with a tapering decline in installation (reports showed that “611 megawatts had been installed in October, 435 MW in November and 360 MW in December.”

PV-Magazine did some rough calculations based on the new figures which describe what the FITs might look like in May;

If this proves correct, the government mandated photovoltaic construction limit of 2.5 to 3.5 GW would be exceeded by more than 1.8 GW. As such, feed-in tariffs would fall by a further 1.8% in May, to between €0.1082 to €0.1563/kWh, depending on system size.

If more is installed in March than 290 MW, then solar subsidies would fall by 2.2% in May.

The German Federal Network Agency, the fantastically named Bundesnetzagentur, will most likely have these figures release officially in the next day or three.

Have a tip for CleanTechnica? Want to advertise? Want to suggest a guest for our CleanTech Talk podcast? Contact us here.

Latest CleanTechnica TV Video

I don't like paywalls. You don't like paywalls. Who likes paywalls? Here at CleanTechnica, we implemented a limited paywall for a while, but it always felt wrong — and it was always tough to decide what we should put behind there. In theory, your most exclusive and best content goes behind a paywall. But then fewer people read it!! So, we've decided to completely nix paywalls here at CleanTechnica. But...
Like other media companies, we need reader support! If you support us, please chip in a bit monthly to help our team write, edit, and publish 15 cleantech stories a day!
Thank you!

CleanTechnica uses affiliate links. See our policy here.

Joshua S Hill

I'm a Christian, a nerd, a geek, and I believe that we're pretty quickly directing planet-Earth into hell in a handbasket! I also write for Fantasy Book Review (, and can be found writing articles for a variety of other sites. Check me out at for more.

Joshua S Hill has 4403 posts and counting. See all posts by Joshua S Hill