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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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