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  •  That wikipedia article is outdated, as it is from (1+ / 0-)
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    2012 and f.i.t. rates have dropped considerably since then.

    Small scale, rooftop solar now stands at under 15 eurocents.

    Large scale solar now stands at under 10 eurocents.

    Furthermore, one has to view solar and wind in combination when talking about the cost of RE, as they are complimentary.

    And if you look at wind, it is now often the cheapest new form of electricity production globally, including in the U.S.

    Another analytical mistake that you are making is assuming that solar in the U.S. is going to be as expensive as it once was in Germany.  That makes little sense, as the insolation levels in the U.S. are generally far greater than in Germany, often even twice as great.

    "A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle" - Mohammed Nabbous, R.I.P.

    by Lawrence on Mon Aug 19, 2013 at 08:41:14 AM PDT

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    •  Are the 2013 tariff rates out yet? (0+ / 0-)

      Could you link?  I've only been able to find the 2012 ones.

      (Anyway, tariffs appear to be locked in by when you installed the unit for 20 years, so Germany will continue to pay the higher rates on existing infrastructure for years to come.)

      •  The solar tariffs are currently reviewed and (1+ / 0-)
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        adjusted every 3 months or even monthly.  Here's a link to a site that shows the degression in the F.I.T. from april 2012 through 2013.

        As you can see, the highest possible tariff paid by the end of the year will be 13.54 eurocents and the lowest 8.79 eurocents.

        There's actually a big argument to be made that rates, after dropping too slow for some years, are now dropping too fast and that Germany won't properly profit from the now inexpensive solar systems.

        That is probably either due to design or incompetence by the current neoliberal/conservative govt. coalition.

        And yes, the previous, high rates are locked in for 20 years from the time that the systems went online - that's the price you pay for almost single-handedly making solar affordable for the rest of the world.

        "A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle" - Mohammed Nabbous, R.I.P.

        by Lawrence on Mon Aug 19, 2013 at 02:56:02 PM PDT

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