The waiting has come to an end: after the German Federal Government adopted the first draft of the Solar Package I in August 2023 and a small selected part of Solar Package I already entered into force in December 2023, the German Parliament and the German Federal Council have now adopted the remaining (main) part of Solar Package I. The Solar Package I, which was significantly amended during the legislative process, contains a number of new regulations for solar energy in Germany, particularly in the Renewable Energy Sources Act (Erneuerbare-Energien-Gesetz – „EEG“) and in the Energy Industry Act (Energiewirtschaftsgesetz – „EnWG“). These new regulations are intended to facilitate and accelerate the expansion of solar energy in Germany and contain numerous changes for both ground-mounted and rooftop PV plants. Next to solar-related provisions, the Solar Package I also contains new regulations for the acceleration of grid connections as well as for the operation of electricity storage systems and introduces new or amended models for on-site electricity supply solutions.

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