The capacity factor for solar PV was about 10% and that for small wind turbines about twice that of solar PV at about 20%.

It’s safe to say that Bernard Chabot has just put together the most comprehensive, detailed overview of Germany’s PV market – still the largest in the world historically, though it fell to fourth place last year. Whether you want to know about system size (90 percent of German arrays are smaller than 30 kW) or the history of feed-in tariffs (which have dropped by 75 percent since 2004), you have come to the right place.

French energy expert Bernard Chabot explains how easy it is to properly design feed-in tariffs, especially for solar, and proposes “advanced feed-in tariffs.”

To understand consumer behaviour it’s worthwhile firstly reviewing the rate of overall solar system installations in the last two years, as detailed in the chart below prepared by Green Energy Markets for the Clean Energy Regulator.

In 2007 the Toronto Renewable Energy Cooperative proposed to senior executives at Toronto Hydro, Canada’s largest municipal utility, the Toronto Solar Initiative.

Of the 1,500 MW of Standard Offer Contracts awarded 50% of the wind contracts were granted to commercial wind developers, and 80% of the solar PV contracts were awarded to central-station plants.

A Community Power Photovoltaic Project Financial Model


The following chart summarizes actual installed cost of solar PV systems mostly in California.

The following data is extracted from Tables of Renewable Tariffs or Feed-In Tariffs Worldwide. These tables are updated periodically. Always check the tables for current tariffs.