Germany is one of the largest solar energy markets in the world. German operators are urging the authorities to relax the subsidy schedule and avoid missing projects that have been put on hold due to the new crown outbreak.
On Tuesday, BSW, the German photovoltaic Association, warned that due to component delays and personnel shortages caused by the global epidemic, these projects may miss the construction period stipulated in the auction contract and face the risk of losing state support.
BSW warned against letting the "force majeure" of the new outbreak disrupt climate friendly solar projects. "We hope that the legislature can quickly remedy this problem," said Carsten K ö rnig, general manager of BSW He called for an extension of the project and a fine for very serious delays.
At the beginning of this year, the first case of new coronavirus was reported in Wuhan, Hubei Province. Since then, the global solar energy supply chain has gradually felt the virus crisis.
Currently, there are about 200000 cases of the pandemic worldwide, nearly 10000 of which have been reported in Germany. Last month, it was reported that the new crown epidemic is destroying the supply chain of photovoltaic modules in Asia, and India and other countries are considering measures to extend the duration of the project.
The latest field reports show that the impact has spread to other large markets, including the United States.
SEIA, the US solar energy agency, recently said the damage to the photovoltaic industry caused by the outbreak was "obvious.". In an earlier conference call, analysts said U.S. home installers had been hit.
Investors remain "very interested" in Europe's top solar market“
In Germany, the arrival of the new crown crisis has affected the largest solar energy market in Europe so far. According to the latest statistics, the installed photovoltaic capacity of the German market is about 50gw. According to the government's plan, the cumulative installed capacity is expected to reach 98gw by 2030.
On behalf of the photovoltaic industry, BSW praised the target of installed capacity passed in October last year and the earlier decision to lift the ceiling. According to the decision, once the market reaches 52gw, Germany will freeze photovoltaic subsidies. However, as BSW recently said, the latter measure has not yet become hard legislation.
Recently, a large number of excessive bids have appeared in the photovoltaic project bidding held in Germany. Politicians have repeatedly urged the federal government, a coalition of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives (CDU / CSU) and Social Democrats (SPD), to expand the scale of solar bidding projects.
The bidding volume of recent solar auction far exceeds the bidding volume, including the bidding project on October 1, 2019 (bidding for 150MW, bidding for 648mw), the bidding project on December 1, 2019 (bidding for 500MW, bidding for 1.344gw) and the bidding project on February 1, 2020 (bidding for 100MW, bidding for 493mw). In the latter stage, the price of bidding projects has dropped to less than 4 euro cents per kilowatt hour.
BSW believes that despite the shadow of the new crown epidemic, the willingness to develop solar energy projects will not waver with the support of the state. There have been many over bids in the photovoltaic bidding project of the Federal Network Administration of Germany. BSW expects that the same will be true for future solar auctions.
In the past few months, analysts have warned that Germany is trying to create a solar heat while maintaining land restrictions on projects. The solution proposed in a report last month is to exploit the potential of artificial lakes in Germany to develop a 56gwp floating photovoltaic project.