State environment ministry, North Rhine-Westphalia
Tenants in the German federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) will be able to benefit from solar PV panels installed on the rooftop of the buildings they live in. The state government has introduced a support programme for self-consumption power facilities, allowing tenants to acquire electricity generated on their own rooftops cheaper than with the regular local utility contract. “This way, tenants can directly experience the Energiewende,” said state environment minister Johannes Remmel in a press release. With the programme, NRW bridges a financing gap left open by the federal government, which plans to introduce tenant electricity regulation in the coming weeks. Currently, tenants have to pay the full federal renewables surcharge on electricity received from their own rooftops – even if the power is never fed into the local grid.
Read the press release in German here.
Read a CLEW dossier on the reform of the Renewable Energy Act.