in News Departments > Policy Watch
print the content item

comments: 0

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's government and the country's 16 states have been unable to reach a compromise regarding planned reductions to solar feed-in-tariff (FIT) rates. Arbitration talks will resume June 17, according to a statement from Bundesrat, the parliament's upper house, provided to Bloomberg.

The discussions were initiated last month, when several federal states blockaded against a bill that would have delivered significant reductions to Germany's solar FIT. PV manufacturers and investors have protested the FIT cuts as destructive to the industry.

According to an anonymous lawmaker quoted by Bloomberg, the states' and federal government's positions on the FIT cuts are so far apart that it is possible no agreement will be reached - and FIT changes could be dropped altogether.

IronRidge_id1414

ModSolar_A_id1434
Latest Top Stories

TVA Reconsiders Solar's Role And Value In New Resource Plan And Grid Study

Critics point to wide variations in caps and premiums paid for solar under the Tennessee Valley Authority's (TVA) current plan. The utility agency says it will incorporate more solar stakeholders in future programs.


After Massachusetts' 'Godfather Of Solar' Exits, Will The New Gov. Step Up?

Bay State solar developers and suppliers look back on the legacy of Gov. Deval Patrick while awaiting Massachusetts’ incoming chief executive.


Do PV Customers Benefit From Incentive Programs In California?

Government incentives, such as the California Solar Initiative, have been instrumental in the growth of the photovoltaic industry over the past decade. Researchers have studied the degree to which these incentives have been passed on to PV customers.


Volatility Creeping Into Mass. Solar Sector Shakes Up Larger Developers

Players in the so-called "managed growth" sector of the commonwealth - 6 MW and larger - are concerned that the field keeps shifting under their feet.


New UL Energy Storage Standard Aims For Better, Safer Renewable Power

As the Talking Heads said, "Things fall apart. It's scientific." UL is turning its scientific study of how and why things fail to produce a testing and certification regime for building better renewable energy grids.

GoIndustry (UK) Limited_id1446
Heilind_id1430
Lufft_id1410
Ingeteam_id1433
PVcobra_id1394