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Solar & Alternative Energy

German parliament passes solar subsidy cut

Business Week / Bloomberg
7 May 2010

The German parliament passed a measure on May 6 to cut solar-power subsidies that also includes "experimental" ways to stimulate advances in battery and electric grid technology, a lawmaker said.

The government said reductions of solar subsidies are necessary because panel prices have fallen as much as 40 percent, causing overcapacity of panels on the German market. The rules will give solar energy producers an extra 8 euro cents (10 U.S. cents) for each kilowatt hour generated when they use more than 30 percent of the total produced, lawmaker Christian Ruck said.

Under the law, subsidies to power generated by rooftop solar units will be cut 16% and by open field units 15%. These cuts are in addition to reductions already planned earlier this year.

Full story from Business Week/Bloomberg 
German Bundestag approves solar subsidy cut (Wall Street Journal)