Bundeswirtschaftsministerin Brigitte Zypries mit dem Geschäftsführer pro.b, Donat Kühne (li) und dem Vorstand der Naturstrom AG, Tim Meyer (re), beim Besuch eines Mieterstrom-Projektes im Berliner Stadtteil Friedrichshain

Bundeswirtschaftsministerin Brigitte Zypries mit dem Geschäftsführer pro.b, Donat Kühne (li) und dem Vorstand der Naturstrom AG, Tim Meyer (re), beim Besuch eines Mieterstrom-Projektes im Berliner Stadtteil Friedrichshain

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Today, Germany’s funding programme for landlord-to-tenant electricity supply obtained approval under state aid rules from the European Commission. This means that from now on, funding can be granted under this programme which has already been approved by the Bundestag.

Economic Affairs Minister Brigitte Zypries said: “The Landlord-to-Tenant Electricity Act helps promote the expansion of rooftop solar energy on residential buildings, allowing tenants to directly benefit from the energy transition. We are increasingly rolling out the energy transition across our cities. So I am pleased that Brussels has given the green light for our new law.”

The funding made available under the Landlord-to-Tenant Electricity Act, which entered into force on 25 July 2017, had been subject to approval by the European Commission. Landlords who run rooftop solar energy systems and supply the electricity generated to final consumers (particularly tenants) residing in the building or in close proximity of the building will be paid a premium for the electricity they supply. Any surplus electricity can be fed into the public grid or placed in temporary storage. The premium is calculated based on the level of the feed-in tariff set by government minus a deduction. This is to account for the fact that in addition to being paid the premium, landlords also receive revenues for feeding any surplus electricity into the public grid.