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Germany adds 109 MW new solar in October, but annual target slips

Germany has added just 109 MW of new solar PV capacity in October with the annualized growth rate slipping further below the target range, according to the monthly report from the federal grid regulator BNetzA.

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Total installed solar PV capacity now stands at 40.599 GW, it said.

Solar additions will fall 2016 for a fourth year in a row with only 0.9 GW added during the first 10 months compared with last year's total of 1.5 GW, already the lowest annual growth since 2008.

At the current rate, solar additions will again miss the government's annual target range of 2.4-2.6 GW.



However, Germany is also moving towards auctions for large ground-based solar projects as part of a reform of its renewable energy law in order to reduce overall costs.

In the first five pilot tenders since 2015, Germany awarded almost 800 MW of ground-based PV projects with the price in the fifth round in August falling below Eur73/MWh.

The final sixth round will end in December with all major projects (above 1 MW) moving to tender from next year onwards.

According to BNetzA, large ground-based solar projects account for almost 6 GW of the total installed capacity in Germany.

DANISH FARMS

In another pilot tender, five Danish solar developers won an auction for 50 MW of German solar PV subsidies for projects on agriculturally used land in Denmark, which is currently not eligible for German ground-based solar PV projects, BNetzA said in a separate statement this week.

The first cross-border auction was five times oversubscribed with BNetzA awarding 50 MW to projects based in Denmark at a price of Eur53.80/MWh, sharply below the latest pilot round solely for German projects, it said.

According to the German regulator, such pilot schemes with limited volumes are important in gaining insight into cross-border auctions across the EU in order to find sites with the best framework conditions.

--Andreas Franke, andreas.franke@spglobal.com
--Edited by Jonathan Loades-Carter, jonathan.carter@spglobal.com