With high electricity prices, solar systems are once again in demand. This could soon be worth twice as much, because there’s twice the money for it – the rules of the game here.
Private individuals with a rooftop photovoltaic system are probably familiar with the bill: Electricity fed into the public grid currently only pays around six cents per kilowatt hour (kWh). Electricity purchased from the supplier often costs more than 30 cents per kWh. Therefore, it is worthwhile to use as much solar energy as possible yourself.
In the future, however, it may become more attractive to sell self-produced electricity. Because an expected change in the law promises to double rates of pay for full feeders. The “Finanztest” magazine (issue 6/2022) over there.
The new regulations apply to systems from 2023
If the reform of the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) passes the Bundestag in the summer, full power users should expect remuneration of up to 13.40 cents per kWh. However, this only applies to solar modules that will be put into operation from 2023.
Then full power could become profitable again, especially for system operators with power over ten kilowatts. According to product testers, these models reduce the proportion of solar energy that can be consumed by the customer: too little to be profitable.
On the other hand, whoever wants to continue using part of the solar energy for himself and pour the rest into the network, must continue to charge a maximum of 6.53 cents per kWh of electricity injected into the network. The decision between full or partial feeding is not binding, operators can reconsider it every year. The Stiftung Warentest Yield Calculator can help with this.
“Finanztest” advises patience
Basically, “Finanztest” advises homeowners who want to install a system in the near future to be patient. Only when the Federal Ministry of Economics confirms the new pay rates and the Bundestag approves the law, will the plant operators be safe. That will probably be in late June or early July of this year.
Homeowners would have to be patient anyway, completely independent of feed-in fees. After the contract is signed, it often takes more than half a year until the small solar power plant is installed on the roof due to the high demand.
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