Technology: cabinet decides to reduce hurdles for solar systems

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The federal government wants to reduce tax and bureaucratic hurdles for the operation of photovoltaic systems on private houses. The cabinet decided to have a corresponding proposal by Finance Minister Christian Lindner.

Solaranlagen auf privaten Dächern - das soll weiter vereinfacht werden. © Marcus Brandt/dpa solar systems on private roofs - this should be simplified.

Many citizens have so far shyed solar systems for bureaucratic reasons, said the FDP politician. Therefore, income from this should now be freed from the earnings tax up to a certain service. Under certain circumstances, delivery and installation should no longer apply VAT.

"This frees many private users of photovoltaics from getting into a input tax deduction via a small business regulation," said Lindner. "I think we have offered a real, very strong additional incentive in the tax system to really get closer to the thought of putting a great facility on our own roof.»

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Simplification also for larger systems

Bayern, Baden-Württemberg, Hesse, Schleswig-Holstein and North Rhine-Westphalia welcome the planned relief. In a joint message, the finance ministers of the five federal states emphasized: "Together we can support those who become active for climate protection and energy independence by simplification and waiving tax bureaucracy." Nobody should have to go to the tax advisor alone because they make a contribution to the energy transition with a solar system.

The exemption from yield tax should apply to investments on single -family houses up to 30 kilowatts. In the case of apartment buildings and mixed houses, the limit is 15 kilowatts per living or commercial unit. So far, there is only a simplification rule for systems up to 10 kilowatts.

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The cabinet also decided to relax a number of regulations to increase electricity production from renewable energies. The measures should help to save even more gas, said Federal Minister of Economics Robert Habeck (Greens). "We enable additional feed -in of wind energy and photovoltaics, delete limits and provide additional incentives for electricity production from biogas." The network expansion should also be accelerated and the transport capacity should be increased.

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The Minister of Energy of the federal states have also spoken out together for a discussion about a photovoltaic obligation for all new buildings. "We want there to be a solar obligation in Germany for all new buildings and for basic renovations and also for new buildings in Europe," said Baden-Württemberg's Minister of Energy Thekla Walker (Greens) after a meeting of the responsible ministers on Wednesday in Hanover. If there should be clean, safe and cheap energy in the future, the expansion of renewable energies must now be significantly accelerated.

literally says in the decision: «A photovoltaic obligation for all new buildings should be discussed. In the case of social housing and the renovation in this area, a complete occupancy of roofs with solar modules should be provided. »

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