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Cost Covering Compensation (Kostendeckende Vergütung (KV))

For every kilowatt hour (kWh) of electricity fed into the grid by photovoltaic systems (Grid Coupling), the grid operators and local power suppliers must reimburse the providers with at least 46,30 Euro Cent/kWh in 2007 – up to 54 Euro Cent/kWh for smaller façade pv-systems . This is provided by the Renewable Energy Sources Act (Erneuerbare-Energien-Gesetz – EEG) which became law in the German Parliament on April 1, 2000 an was amended in 2004. Representatives from both industry and associations consider this law a breakthrough for Solar power. However, to some initiatives this is only a partial success: The Solar Promotion Society (Der Solarförderverein Aachen (SFV)) considers $ 0.65 just barely enough to really break even.

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