Germany Installs 344 MW Photovoltaics In May 2013

Germany’s Federal Network Agency reports that the nation installed 344 MW of new solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity in May 2013 through its feed-in tariff.

This brings Germany to 1.49 GW installed in the first five months of 2013, a 42% decline over the same period in 2012. All told, Germany had installed 33.9 GW of PV through its feed-in tariff by the end of May 2013.

The largest PV plant commissioned in May 2013 was an 8.9 MW plant in the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Eighteen other plants between 3 MW and 6 MW were commissioned.

Of the 18, half of these are located in Bavaria, with another three in Sachsen-Anhalt, two in Brandenburg, two is Sachsen and one each in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Niedersachsen. This is similar to April, when the majority of the larger PV plants were commissioned in Bavaria.

Germany to lose leading market position in 2013

Mercom Capital (Austin, Texas, US) predicted in June 2013 that the German PV market will reach only 4.2 GW in 2013, down from 7.6 GW in 2012. Mercom, NPD Solarbuzz (Santa Clara, California, US) and other market analysts predict that 2013 will be the year that Germany loses its position as the world’s largest PV market.

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