Germany’s solar sector is dismayed that a compromise between Chancellor Angela Merkel and state premiers reached yesterday over a reform of the country’s Renewable Energies Act (EEG) apparently continues to include a new levy on self-consumption that would hit PV particularly hard.
pressure from Northern German coastal states, the federal government had
softened a cap on new onshore wind developments and made cuts to feed-in
support less harsh.
solar sector, already hit by years of steep cuts to FIT support and in
manufacturing by cheap Chinese competition, doesn’t seem to enjoy such strong
political backing among states, however.
to the reform plans, commercial users of self-produced electricity will have to
pay a surcharge to finance the expansion of renewables (EEG surcharge) at least
partially as of August 1, 2014, translating into a levy of €0.044 per kilowatt
hour of self-consumed energy, the German solar industry federation BSW Solar
in buildings with solar roofs will even have to pay the full EEG surcharge of
currently €0.062 per MWh, the BSW claims.
self-consumption of solar power is an important and cheap driver of the
Energiewende and because of that should continue exempt from the EEG
surcharge,” says BSW managing director Carsten Körnig.
the already strong market collapse in PV will continue with all its negative
consequences for jobs in the solar sector.”
50,000 jobs are at stake, the BSW claims. The group adds that businesses in
trade, commerce and services last year accounted for half of all PV investments
renewable energies federation BEE said that while it welcomes the compromise
for onshore wind, the levy on self-consumption and an extremely low annual cap
of 100MW for new bio energy installations threatens the renewables sector.
based energy lessens the country’s dependency on fossil fuel imports from
politically unstable nations, BEE managing director Hermann Falk stressed.
BEE also criticised a planned introduction of tenders for renewable projects
from 2017 on, and a stipulation to force even small energy producers to sell
their electricity directly at wholesale power markets in the future.