29 Nov '13, 1pm

German coalition’s self-consumption charge will ‘set PV industry back years’ via @pv_tech #solar

BSW-Solar, the German Solar Industry Association, called the agreement "a big missed opportunity". Image: BSW-Solar. The coalition deal struck between Angela Merkel’s union of conservative parties and the centre-left SPD includes a surcharge on self-consumed electricity. While feed-in tariff (FiT) provisions will remain the same for PV generated electricity, the agreement, which still requires the approval of around 470,000 SPD members via a referendum in December, will mean that fees will have to be paid by off-grid consumers of self-generated electricity. The German Solar Industry Association (BSW-Solar) released a statement in reaction to news of the coalition agreement. Regarding a levy on self-consumption, BSW-Solar said it would “turn the ‘polluter pays’ principle on its head and set back the competitiveness of the photovoltaic industry by years”. BSW-Solar’s stateme...

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