German PV Demand Remains Strong In April

Germany Adds Over 800 MW Solar In First 4 Months Of 2018 – A Year-On-Year Growth of Around 45%
05:56 AM (Beijing Time) - 05. June 2018
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While the momentum dipped a little in March 2018, German PV installations grew much faster in April 2018 – adding 225.3 MW. In average Germany registered over 200 MW new PV per month in 2018 so far, which takes its PV additions to over 800 MW this year.  

Key Takeaways

  • April 2018 new PV addition in Germany was 225.3 MW, according to the country’s Federal Network Agency
  • This is an increase of 70% YoY and 44% sequentially
  • Ground mounted installations took again the backseat in April 2018 while rooftop solar installations continued to dominate the market

Having got off to a good start in January 2018, Germany’s PV installation numbers continue to enthrall. New PV capacity of 225.3 MW was added in the month of April 2018, the highest since the beginning of the year. It is also more than a 70% increase from last year’s 131.2 MW and a 44% increase over the 156.45 MW installed in the previous month (see German PV Additions Down In March).

In 2017, the highest PV number for any given month was 212.4 MW added in the month of May (see Germany Added Over 212 MW In May).

Rooftop solar installations lead the April 2018 tally for new capacity. Only 26.5 MW of the 225.3 MW came from ground mounted installations, according to the country’s Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur).

In all these four months of 2018, Germany has already added 804 MW, which is around 45% more than in first 4 months of 2017 (482 MW) and spells a good omen for the country to finally reach its annual target of 2.5 GW PV.

In June 2018, the feed-in-tariff (FiT) value for rooftop systems will continue to remain €0.0844 per kWh ($0.099) for systems over 100 kW capacity. Below this capacity, the FiT will be in the range of €0.0122 per kWh to €0.1061 ($0.14 to $0.12) per kWh.

Cumulative PV capacity of Germany as of April 30, 2018 was 43.787 GW, with over 33 GW added since 2010.

 

Anu Bhambhani

Anu Bhambhani is the Senior News Editor of TaiyangNews

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