Solar power payments in Germany

Solar power systems supply electricity for at least 25 years and generate income – year for year. The German government has ensured that this income can be calculated, whereby it has specified the remuneration to be paid by local energy suppliers for solar electricity fed in the grid in the amendment to the German Renewable Energy Source Act (EEG) from 25 October 2008.

Amount of remuneration

This is determined from the date when the system goes into operation and by law remains the same for the next 20 years.

For solar power produced from PV systems integrated into or installed on buildings, the following tariffs apply from 1 January 2011:

  • Up to and including an output of 30 kW: 28.74 ct/kWh (previously 33.03 ct/kWh)

  • Up to and including an output of 100 kW: 27.34 ct/kWh (previously 31.42 ct/kWh)

  • Up to and including an output of 1 MW: 25.87 ct/kWh (previously 29.73 ct/kWh)

  • From an output greater than 1 MW: 21.56 ct/kWh (previously 24.78 ct/kWh)

These tariffs were passed by the German Bundestag on 6 May 2010. Anyone who installs a solar power system after 1 July 2010 should therefore calculate the financial returns based on these tariffs. If, however, the German Upper House of Parliament, the Bundesrat, is able to push through its demand for higher tariffs, these returns could increase.

Further information

You can find further information on the German Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) here:


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