Germany plans help for solar plants, 100 GW 2030 target

Sep 1, 2020 | Montel

(Montel) The German government wants to make the operation of small solar plants financially more attractive as part of its planned amendment of the Renewables Energy Act, while also targeting 100 GW of photovoltaic capacity by 2030.

“Operators of small plants [of up to 100 KW], for which the operation under the direct marketing scheme might be uneconomical at present, will be offered an alternative to direct marketing by this law for a transitional period until they are fully integrated into the market,” according a draft of the amendment, seen by Montel on Tuesday.

“The plant operators can also make the electricity generated in the plant available to the grid operator until the end of 2027 and receive the market value minus marketing costs for this,” it said.

This would prevent both the dismantling of these plants and uncontrolled feed-in of intermittent solar power, the draft said.

In 2000, when the renewable energy law was first enacted, German solar installations stood at 114 MW and rose to 2.1 GW in 2005.

Those units would drop out of the 20-year subsidy scheme over the next few years, according to official data.

New tenders
Tenders for solar systems would be further developed, meanwhile, with separate auctions for large roof systems and open space systems also introduced, according to the draft.

The introduction of tenders for roof systems would start in 2021 with 200 MW for those larger than 500 kW.

From 2023 onwards, the volume would be increased to 400 MW per year, including installations above 300 kW.

By 2030, the government aimed for a total installed capacity of 100 GW for solar power, according to the draft, up from around 52 GW currently.

Earlier this morning, Montel reported on further amendments planned to the act, including better integration of renewables into the power market and a carbon neutrality target by 2050.

Reporting by:
Julia Demirdag
10:48, Tuesday, 1 September 2020