Monday, December 14, 2009

German PV crosses 1% threshold

Sonne, Wind & Wärme reports that Germany will have gotten more than one percent of its electricity from photovoltaics in 2009. Last year, some 4.3 terawatt-hours of photovoltaic power was generated, but that figure is expected to rise to 6.4 TWh this year, slightly more than one percent of the approximately 615 TWh in Germany.

By 2020, photovoltaics would reportedly make up five percent of gross power generation at current growth rates.


  1. I just found your blog. For a long time now I've been looking for this sort of perspective on PV in Germany. Keep it up man.

    Then I read your, Who I am blurb.

    Morris you magnificent son of a bitch, I read your book. Ha.

  2. Hello Craig

    Couple more questions for you. I've read many posts where you talk about how the FDP, CDU, Consumer Advocate Associations etc. support the FiT. At the same time, there's a general feeling in the air that the FiT should come down because panel prices have come down.

    BSW listed average end-user prices at 3263 Euro/kWp at the end of Q3. It sounds like prices have stabilized since then so I don't see much change in the average price going into Q4. Shouldn't we be able to calculate what the FiT should go based on what the average end-user system prices have gone to during 2009? Just calculate the FiT based on a profit of ~8% given the new average system prices?

    If so, have you seen this calculation carried out?

    Also, do you have any idea what the average BOS costs per kWp are?