The German government is mulling a revision of its energy tax system, a move which could have a heavy impact on the country’s solar power industry.
Germany’s Ministry of Finance wants renewable energy consumers to pay taxes of $0.02 per kilowatt-hour consumed directly from their own solar systems. The legislation proposes tax exemption only for small renewable plants up to 20 MW/h per year.
The German Solar Industry Association (BSW-Solar) is warning of negative consequences for the industry if such legislation is passed.
“Energy taxes were design to speed up the Energiewende, not to stop it, “said the head of BSW-Solar Carsten Körnig.
Meanwhile some 30,000 employees and executives at 200 locations across Germany today staged a protest against government proposals for the reform of the Renewable Energies Act (EEG) that they fear will slow down the development of wind energy and threaten the country’s export successes.
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