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Lull on Space
Major photovoltaic (PV) projects will only be carried out with difficulty in Germany in 2011. Solar energy subsidies are sinking drastically; outdoor installations in fields have not even received commission since the summer. For this reason, project developers are pushing to move onto large-scale rooftops and abroad with their power plants.
The photovoltaic (PV) wholesaler and project developer Phoenix Solar is turning its back on Germany. Up to now, the company from Sulzemoos in Bavaria has sold its solar components and installations almost exclusively on the German market. Because for the time being, it no longer believes there will be additional growth in the local PV demand, due to severe cuts in solar energy subsidies, it is now promoting its internationalisation.
“Our focuses are currently France and Italy, as higher returns can be generated here due to the higher irradiation levels and better subsidy rates”, says Investor Relations Manager Anka Leiner. The Mediterranean about-turn is paying off, “We received orders to plan and build two solar farms in Italy and Slovakia in July and August”, explains Leiner.
Photo gallery to the topic "Lull on Space"
No Break:show photos
From January, photovoltaic subsidies will decrease. For this reason, solar installers are still feverishly trying to connect their solar installations to the grid this winter.
Taboo for PV:show photos
From July 2010, solar modules can no longer be installed on agricultural crop land.
(Photo: SAG Solarstrom)
Football as a Solution:show photos
Stadium rooftops, like this one in Mainz, offer copious amounts of space for solar installations.
Sights set on Italy:show photos
Many German solar companies are pushing towards Italy in 2011. The sunshine state is very attractive due to its high levels of solar subsidy.