According to the German Solar Industry Association (BSW-Solar), which quoted figures from the Federal Network Department, approximately 2 million PV systems were in service across Germany by the end of October (Bundesnetzagentur).

The built PV systems will produce about 50 billion kWh of electricity per year in Germany. Theoretically, the electricity demand of 17 million ordinary households may be covered by them. This is an “energy transition milestone” for BSW-Solar.

The association said, however, that future rollout is unclear, as the law on renewable energy (EEF) will be updated in 2021. It warned that demand could be halved for PV rooftops. Moreover, approximately one out of every four PV systems is at risk of early termination in the 2020s, since the EEG draft has so far failed to include any economic options for the continued service of PV systems which have been online for more than a decade.

Germany, however, wants PV expansion even quicker, the association said. Deployment, it said, would have to double. EUPD Report said this week that, thanks to the continuing phase-out of nuclear and coal, and the simultaneous jump in energy demand, Germany will soon face a power generation deficit.

The European energy network will no longer be able to close the electricity deficit as early as 2023.’ It would then become necessary to prolong the operational life of coal-fired power plants,’ said Martin Ammon, EUPD Research’s managing director.

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