Sunday, March 31, 2013

Installation Update

February statistics indicate Germany installed a total of 211 MW. The sub-10 kW tranche again showed higher installs in 2013 compared to 2012. The medium tranches (10 kW to 500 kW) again showed lower installs but surprisingly the 1+ MW tranches (together) did better in 2013 compared to 2012. Overall, 2013's February total of 211 MW compares very favorably with the 2012 total of 230 MW.

Through February the market in Germany is showing remarkable resiliency across multiple tranches in spite of the 32 to 40% reduction in FiT rates since early 2012 - this is surely a welcome bright spot in what has otherwise been one of Europe's coldest and gloomiest winters on record.

U.K. Note

The U.K. solar market is doing well overall with over 500 MW installed in the Quarter - this is in the neighborhood of Germany's overall quarterly installation figures of 700 to 800 MW. The sub-50 kW market has failed to work its way up past 10 MW/week but give the little engine a few more weeks and things should pick up.

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