20 Sep 2010 11:09:10
German FiT scheme 'kick-started global renewable energy industry'
Germany's feed-in tariff (FiT) scheme helped "kick start" the global renewable energy industry, according to the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT).
Tobi Kellner, information officer at the Centre for Alternative Technology, said that in the future, it is likely that the US and China will overtake Germany within the renewable industry, but "kick-starting global renewable energy will be seen as Germany's legacy".
The UK government launched its own version of the FiT scheme in April of this year, which, according to Mr Kellner, is modelled on the German system but has some significant differences.
Currently, the British FiT scheme only covers microgeneration of less than 5MW.
"The UK FiTs are only aimed to make a very small contribution to the overall UK energy picture by supporting domestic and community-scale installations," he explained.
Mr Kellner also highlighted that the UK system provides incentives for the generation, not the export, of renewable energy.
Figures released by Ofgem recently revealed that almost 9,350 households have now registered to participate in the FiT scheme.