SeeNews — Germany installed only 75.43 MWp of solar capacity in October 2014, falling by 31.5% month-on-month, statistics by the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) show.

The monthly total was also nearly 67% down year-on-year, when compared to the 226 MWp installed in October 2013.

Overall, solar installation rates have been on the slide for many months now, as is the goal of the German feed-in tariffs (FiT) adjustment mechanism. Under German regulations, the tariffs are adjusted monthly depending on new capacity and other factors. Between January and October, Germany’s solar capacity grew by less than 1.7 GW and it is unlikely for the country to reach its 2014 goal of between 2.4 GW and 2.6 GW.

The downward installations trend is especially visible in the third quarter of 2014, with new capacity of 344.7 MWp in July, followed by 140 MWp in August and 110 MWp in September. The 75.4 MWp in October is the lowest monthly level so far this year.

Derick Lila
Derick is a Clark University graduate—and Fulbright alumni with a Master's Degree in Environmental Science, and Policy. He has over a decade of solar industry research, marketing, and content strategy experience.

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