Photovoltaics: Feed-in tariffs to come down across the country

Many experts agree: feed-in tariffs for private PV systems cannot remain at the level of recent years. After record highs as a result of the Russian war of aggression, electricity prices have fallen significantly again, meaning small producers are also getting less.

The decision of Energie AG Oberösterreich was decisive for the debate. It is terminating 20,000 customers’ contracts and instead offering feed-in tariffs that vary with monthly fluctuations in the electricity market. As a result, victims will receive only 3 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh) of electricity instead of the previous 15.7 cents. “If prices go up again, things will go up again,” it declared Klaus DorningerHead of Sales, Energy AG OÖ S1 A.

Reports suggest that this is a rapid decline in victims Wolfgang Urbanzich But “unsurprisingly”. Other energy companies typically pay PV owners 5 to 6 cents per kWh, the head of regulatory authority E-Control told E-Control on Wednesday. S1.

It reckons “other energy suppliers will follow”. Vera Immitzer, Managing Director of the Federal Association of Photovoltaic Austria, describes the situation. Energie AG OÖ is not the first electricity company to adjust feed-in tariffs.


Vera Immitser, Photovoltaic Austria

In particular, the tariff at green electricity processing company ÖMAG is currently 4.65 cents, up from 12.46 cents in December 2023. EVN currently offers 4 cents per kWh. The feed-in fee at Veen Energy is currently a remarkable 13.59 cents, although the offer is still available. Annual adjustments are scheduled.

Robert Tichler, Linz, an economist at the Energy Institute at Johannes Kepler University, sees a normalization in the market. Private PV systems no longer provide a second household income, but can still be profitable. Amortization may take 15 years instead of four, but it’s still good business for an expected useful life of 25 years.

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Surplus electricity in the network

“Immitzer Rises”The main added value of a PV system is not to make money by feeding it, but to produce electricity for your own needs, for which you do not have to pay taxes or network fees. S1. However, if the PV power itself is not consumed, it must be added to the grid. The PV boom in recent years presents particularly big challenges Electricity networks are relatively poorly developed in rural areas.

This is because private PV systems not only produce electricity regionally at the same time, but sometimes even when it is not needed – often not in the morning and evening peak consumption, but in the afternoon, not in the more intense winter. But in the summer half of the year. “This leads to prices in the markets falling and going negative,” Dorninger describes the situation.

Incidentally, these negative electricity prices, which until now mainly occurred on Sundays and spring and summer public holidays, do not currently threaten private PV owners. Variable feed-in charges do not change during the day but on monthly averages.

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