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Status: 2024-06-23
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Solar package I facilitates the construction of photovoltaic systems in Germany

Solar Package I in Germany, which came into force on 16 May 2024, aims to make the construction and operation of photovoltaic systems (PV systems) considerably easier and less bureaucratic.

 

A central goal of German climate policy is to achieve climate neutrality by 2045, with the electricity sector being largely greenhouse gas-free by 2035. At least 80 percent of gross electricity consumption is to come from renewable energies by 2030. In order to achieve these ambitious targets, the German government is increasingly focusing on the expansion of solar energy, which will make an important contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

 

The “Solar Package I” contains important changes to the promotion of photovoltaic systems. The most important points are:

 

Rooftop systems:

  • The feed-in tariff for rooftop systems between 40 and 750 kilowatts will be increased by 1.5 cents per kilowatt hour.
  • From 2026, the tendering volume for rooftop systems will increase to 2.3 gigawatts per year.
  • The de minimis limit for tenders will fall from one megawatt to 750 kilowatts.
  • More flexible direct marketing for commercial rooftop systems.
  • Technical requirements for PV systems up to 25 kilowatts will be relaxed.
  • System certificates are only required from a feed-in capacity of 270 kilowatts.
  • Photovoltaic balcony systems are exempt from the aggregation rule.
  • Renewal of existing systems through the use of more efficient modules becomes unbureaucratic.

 

Community building supply:

  • Introduction of “communal building supply”, facilitates supply of solar power within a building.
  • Tenants and owners are largely exempt from supplier obligations.

 

Ground-mounted systems:

  • Bid limit in tenders for ground-mounted systems increased from 20 to 50 megawatts.
  • Right of way introduced on public land for the laying of power lines.
  • Introduction of minimum nature conservation criteria for solar parks.
  • Separate sub-segment with its own maximum value of 9.5 ct/kWh for special PV systems (agricultural, floating, moorland, parking lot).

 

Photovoltaic balcony systems:

  • Simplified registration in the market master data register is sufficient.
  • No calibrated bidirectional meter required before commissioning.

 

Storage:

  • Enable flexible use of storage (“multi-use”).

 

Grid connections:

  • Standardize technical connection conditions.
  • Accelerate the grid connection procedure.
  • Extend the privilege of a preferential grid connection for renewable energies to storage systems.

 

Post-EEG systems:

  • Extension of the regulation for installations after 20 years of funding of EEG (=German Renewable Energies Act) by five years.

 

Approval procedure:

  • Extension of the EU emergency regulation until the end of June 2025.
  • Simplified approval procedure.

 

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This article should not be construed as legal, financial, or business advice. Neither smarti nor its guest contributors assume liability for the accuracy, comprehensiveness, or timeliness of the information provided. We strongly recommend seeking professional advice before making business decisions.

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