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The Munich utility company rejected Heidrun Hämmerle’s request for a solar roof. © Achim Schmidt

In the course of the energy crisis, many people are concerned about solar energy. However, one woman experienced photovoltaic disappointment: the Stadtwerke München is not a good figure.

Munich: Heidrun Hämmerle tried. Both Public services (SWM). Because, as a loyal customer, he trusted the energy provider. But his wish to have a solar system installed on the roof of his house in Obermenzing was rejected by SWM. The roof was “closely examined” on Google Maps and the technical inspection showed that the area that could be used for photovoltaics was very small, SWM informed the applicant. “Unfortunately, we are currently unable to find a suitable installation partner.”

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Heidrun Hämmerle was stunned. She did not expect this rejection, although in a friendly tone. Especially since a sunroof was installed long ago for a neighbor with a house that is virtually identical in construction, by the utility company. The 57-year-old then obtained offers from private providers. Successfully. In October, Hämmerle will have a system with 20 modules and an output of 8.2 kilowatts on the roof.

According to the vendor, partial shading, which SWM also cited as a reason for rejection, is not an issue because optimizers are used. Hämmerle is surprised “that utilities discourage private landlords in such a way.” Especially in times when the motto should be: “Every kilowatt hour counts”.

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She is not alone in this criticism. Even the city council had expressed the dissatisfaction of all the parties with the Rate of solar expansion in Munich displayed. The balance is sobering. Municipal utilities like to present themselves as drivers of the energy transition: By 2025, they want to generate as much electricity from renewables as the whole of Munich consumes.

Problem: The group invests heavily in projects elsewhere in Germany and Europe Munich but it looks gloomy. The ÖDP has now requested that SWM increase its expansion goals for solar systems tenfold by 2025. According to the ÖDP, based on current plans, only another 1,500 of Munich’s 840,000 households would receive solar power.