German subsidies for 1,100 systems

Thousands of German households have applied for solar power energy storage subsidies.

Thousands of German households have applied for solar power energy storage subsidies. Photo credit: Jim Winstead

According to various media reports, the German federal government has already approved subsidies for more than 1,100 solar energy storage systems in just four months, at a cost of €18.7m.

Research organisation IHS reports that this fairly modest support for domestic and small-scale energy production is having a positive impact on energy storage in the country, with grants for 30MW already approved and 4,800 applications still pending.

Sam Wilkinson, research manager at IHS, estimates that energy storage allows households to double the use of the electricity they generate through solar, from 30% to 60% of production. This all looks like great news. But, as we’ve reported before, this scheme arrived late and its budget has been slashed from €50m to the current €25m, of which almost €19m has already been spent.

Hopefully, the popularity of this modest aspect of Germany’s Energiewende will encourage policy makers to reach deeper into the public purse to support the initiative.

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