Power2People: Green City struggles with community electricity tariff for the preservation of small solar plants

Exactly 20 years ago, a law came into force with the EEG that was intended to change the electricity supply in Germany in a sustainable way. The aim of the law was to double the share of green electricity to ten percent by 2010. This goal was achieved: In the first quarter of the year, renewable energies contributed more than 50 percent to electricity generation in Germany. But by the end of the year, there will be no funding for solar installations built in 2000 or earlier. Plant operators who want to feed solar power further into the grid either have to make conversions or behave irregularly according to current legislation. Green City starts right there. With the new Green City Power2People community tariff, every electricity customer can help ensure the continued operation of these old solar systems.

Deadline 31.12.2020: Until then, the mostly small solar systems have to be extensively upgraded with new metering technology in order to be able to market their electricity themselves and feed it legally. For many plant operators, this is likely to be too cumbersome and, above all, too unprofitable. “In view of the climate crisis, the current regulations for the continued operation of solar systems are counterproductive,” says Michael Renninger, Managing Director of Green City Power GmbH. “We need a political solution here quickly on how to continue to feed cheap and climate-friendly solar power from small plants into the public grid!” Green City now offers a concrete solution to save solar panels from extinction.

Switch off solar panels? Not with us!

What one cannot do on his own, many create together. The Green City Power2People tariff was launched in accordance with this principle. Every electricity customer contributes to securing the continued operation of the solar systems when purchasing the new tariff. In the future, Green City Power will purchase solar power from PV systems with a capacity of 30 kWp directly from the solar system operators and incorporate it into the energy mix of the new community tariff. The goal: 20 percent solar energy from “saved” PV systems by the end of the year. A win-win situation for operators of small plants, who can continue to feed in solar power even after the production end, and electricity customers who take the solar power off and thus ensure the further preservation of the solar systems. “This closes the gap between suppliers and customers,” explains Renninger, “With the tariff, we can form a strong solar community, jointly save numerous plants from being shut down and provide safety for operators beyond 2020.”

Learn more at www.power2people.de or ag.greencity.de/post-eeg


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