Germany installed 536 MW of new solar capacity in January 2021, a 59.05% increase compared to 337 MW during the same period last year, according to the Federal Network Agency Bundesnetzagentur.
Germany installed 525 MW of solar capacity in December 2020.
As per the federal agency’s data, the cumulative solar power capacity at the end of January 2021 reached 54.71 GW.
Germany installed a total capacity of 3.3 GW in 2013, 1.9 GW in 2014, 1.5 GW in 2015, 1.52 GW in 2016, and 1.75 GW in 2017. Total solar installations in 2018, 2019, and 2020 reached 3 GW, 4.03 GW, and 4.88 GW, respectively.
In December 2020, the federal network agency had announced the auction results for solar and onshore wind projects. The agency received 45 bids aggregating 264.15 MW of solar projects for its 256.9 MW solar tender. The lowest bid quoted was €0.048 (~$0.059)/KWh, and the highest was €0.052(~$0.064)/kWh. The average quoted price for the tender was €0.051 (~$0.062)/kWh.
In the 202 MW wind and solar auction concluded in November 2020, solar bids had won the full capacity, as revealed by Bundesnetzagentur. The tender was oversubscribed by 518 MW, and there was not a single bid for wind projects. The federal network agency awarded 43 bids with a total capacity of 202 MW. The lowest bid for the tender was €0.052 (~$0.06)/kWh, and the highest bid was recorded to be €0.054 (~$0.065)/kWh. The average bid was €0.053 (~$0.062)/kWh for the tender.
Mercom had earlier reported that the German government aimed to enhance its cumulative solar capacity from the current 52 GW to 83 GW in 2026, and 100 GW in 2030. The country also intends to expand the cumulative capacity for onshore wind projects from the current 54 GW to 65 GW in 2026, and 71 GW in 2030.
Germany added 237 MW of new offshore wind power capacity in 2020, according to the latest data released by GWEC.
Harsh is a staff reporter at Mercom India. Previously with Indian Express, he has covered general interest stories. He holds a Masters Degree in Journalism from Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication, Pune.