211 MW of new solar photovoltaic capacity were installed in Germany in February. The new capacity was spread out amongst more than 8,300 different systems, the largest of which was a new solar park in Brandenburg with a total capacity of 8.2 MW.
The exact figures, released by the German Federal Network Agency, are 211.215 MW of new installed capacity, across 8,375 systems. The new capacity includes more than 23 solar parks over 1 MW in size.
PV Magazine adds some commentary on Germany’s feed-in tariffs:
Photovoltaic feed-in tariffs declined in April to between €0.1101/kWh and €0.1592/kWh, depending on the system size. A year ago, FITs were reduced to €0.1350/kWh for solar farms and rooftop installations between 1 and 10 MW in size. Meanwhile, for smaller rooftop systems, tariffs were lowered to between €0.1650 to €0.1959/kWh.
Now, the Federal Network Agency must decide on the next round of photovoltaic tariffs, for the next 3 months, by the end of April. To calculate the new rates, the agency must multiply by 4 the capacity additions from the last 3 months.
The data for January, released by the Federal Network Agency last month, stated that 274.67 MW of new capacity were installed across 9,300 systems during that month. So, when combined with February’s installations, a total of 485 MW of new capacity were installed in the first two months of 2013. So, in order for tariffs to fall by more than 1% during the next round, March would have had to have seen the installation of at least 400 MW of new capacity.
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