January 14, 2010 / 5:16 PM / in 8 years

Germany plans solar subsidy cuts from April: sources

BERLIN (Reuters) - The German government plans to cut solar subsidies for new roof and open-field sites from April by 16 percent to 17 percent, government and industrial sources told Reuters on Thursday.

<p>A worker of the solar park project in Goettelborn near the western German city of Saarbruecken sets up photovoltaic panels June 21, 2004. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler</p>

Additional cuts to the subsidies will be made from 2011 if solar projects amount to more than 3,000 megawatts, said the sources and even more if they total more than 3,500 megawatts. Bigger subsidy cuts are planned for solar equipment on farm land.

A spokeswoman for the environment ministry said no decisions had yet been made. “That is planned for next week,” she said.

Reporting by Markus Wacket

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