Is solar power still worthwhile??

Yes, but with the solar tax plans of the German government it can become difficult

In 2014, the photovoltaic industry will continue to grow by 20% worldwide, as it did in 2013. The German Solar Industry Association (BSW Solar) is counting on this. The reasons are the growing interest in climate change, lower costs for PV modules and the increasing competitiveness of solar power.

Especially in China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and California, PV has taken off like it did in Germany a short time ago. But in this country, the grand coalition is in the process of destroying this successful industry of the future. Even in foggy Great Britain, far more was added in 2014 than here: 1100 megawatts of PV line have been installed on the island so far this year, compared with just 460 in Germany over the same period.

The German solar industry hopes that the Bundestag will take the objections of the Bundesrat seriously. Laws are still passed by the Bundestag and not by the federal government. The members of the Bundestag were able to build on the broad support of their voters for solar energy. Above all "Solar tax", Energy Minister Gabriel’s plan for self-generated solar power (Solar tax: Gabriel outdoes Dieter Hildebrandt) is rejected by the public. It is perceived as a laughing stock of the vice chancellor.

Solar power still pays off. First: For the nature and the climate anyway. And secondly: Also for the purse. Stefan de Haan from the analyst firm IHS writes in the Suddeutsche Zeitung on 30 September 2009.5.2014: "In spite of the reduced compensation, it is still very attractive for homeowners to install a photovoltaic system. The key lies in self-consumption."

Electricity from one’s own roof is now only half as expensive as coal or nuclear power that comes from the wall socket. Solar power can be produced for 12 to 15 cents per kilowatt hour, while electricity from utilities costs 28 cents on average.

De Haan calculated that the operators of a five-kilowatt plant could expect a return of up to 13% if they consumed 30% of their electricity themselves instead of feeding it all into the grid. With 20% self-consumption the return is still approx. eleven percent. This is why the solar energy storage business will develop positively in the next few years.

But the government’s solar tax plans naturally increase the risk, says Stefan de Haan. So the motto is: Burger, to the sun to freedom! We should talk about this in these weeks with our members of the Bundestag.

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