03.08.2012: A record amount of photovoltaic (PV) capacity was installed in Germany in the first half of 2012, according to the latest figures from Germany’s federal network agency Bundesnetzagentur. Agency figures reveal that nearly 4.4 GW of PV power was registered in Germany in the first half of the year, up from 1.7 GW in the first half of 2011 and 3.8 GW in the first half of 2010. Bundesnetzagentur reports that 254 MW of new PV capacity was registered in May, followed by 1,791 MW in June.
The June figure comes as no surprise: Last month, during a televised debate, Bundesnetzagentur’s former president Matthias Kurth accidentally revealed the agency had registered 1,800 MW of new PV capacity in June. Also of note is the fact that the average size of new PV systems grew dramatically in June: In May, the average size of newly registered PV systems was about 30 kW – In June, that figure grew to 121 kW. Also in June, Germany announced it would close its feed-in-tariff (FIT) scheme once the country’s installed PV capacity reaches 52 GW. After that, Germany will change to a new pricing scheme, the details of which have not been released. Including the 4.37 GW of capacity added so far this year, Germany now has more than 29 GW of installed PV capacity. … Sources: Bundesnetzagentur