As Spain continues to curb renewables with the so-called ‘solar tax’, Germany plans to deepen its energy transition with supports and aids state for whom live to rent and want to consume solar energy. The measure, which the German government hopes to adopt before the end of the legislature, could benefit from three to four million households.

The project on which the German Federal Government plans tenants to access subsidies of 2.2-3.8 euro cents per kilowatt hour. From now on, the regulations will establish the conditions for benefiting from this aid.

Assistance for the installation of solar panels for the provision of rental housing will be limited to one capped at 500 kilowatts per year and they will be granted to these teams of a maximum of 100 kilowatts, at least according to the initial text on which the executive is working.

The German Solar Industry Association and the Ministry of Economy and Energy itself estimate that this initiative could directly benefit between 3 and 4 million homes and business premises.

These rental buildings would obtain the energy necessary to supply them with systems installed on the roofs of buildings, which owners and tenants could feed on. It is estimated that this route could translate nationwide to up to 4 billion kilowatt hours.

This project with which Germany seeks to advance in its commitment to renewable energies will be one of the protagonists of the international fair. Intersolar Europe Munich 2017, which will start at the end of May and which will examine the models proposed to promote the energy transition of cities.

The German commitment to evolve towards a more sustainable urban energy model has multiple advantages for all actors of this initiative, as the federal government argues. While, for tenants, this project would result in savings on their electricity bill; owners would see how buildings with solar panels would be appreciated. For their part, the private sector and, above all, the electricity companies, would improve their image while, like the rest of the actors involved, put their grain of sand in the fight against climate change.

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