Solar panel feed-in fee in Flanders drops after steep increases

The feed-in tariffs for Flemish consumers with solar panels have passed their peak and have started to decline. This week in 'The hard figures' new market data from the VREG.
By - Sep 20, 2022

The feed-in tariffs for Flemish consumers with solar panels have passed their peak and have started to decline. This week in 'The hard figures' new market data from the VREG.

Since the beginning of 2021, Flemish consumers and companies that put solar panels on their roofs have to conclude 2 energy contracts: one for the electricity they buy and one for the electricity they sell. By concluding a feed-in contract, Flemish people can receive a feed-in compensation for the electricity injected from their solar panels. With a single tariff contract there is one feed-in tariff. With a dual rate there are 2 different feed-in tariffs, for day and night.

Past the peak

The Flemish energy regulator VREG keeps a close eye on the development of feed-in tariffs, but also on electricity prices. The data (see the various graphs in this article) show that the feed-in tariffs have passed their peak. Depending on the type of energy contract, the feed-in tariffs for consumers and companies with solar panels peaked in the months of February and April.

For consumers with a variable contract, the peak was 21.4 euro cents per kilowatt hour in April and for citizens with a fixed contract, 19.2 euro cents per kilowatt hour in February. For companies, the peak was slightly higher, at 23.3 euro cents per kilowatt hour in April for variable contracts and at 19.1 euro cents per kilowatt hour in February for fixed contracts.

Variable contracts: 20 to 44 procent growth

It was previously announced that in 2021 feed-in tariffs had grown the fastest for variable energy contracts. For consumers, that growth last year was between 411 and 490 percent and for companies between 411 and 425 percent. In the first half of 2022, those growth rates flattened considerably: to 20 to 24 percent for consumers and 20 to 22 percent for companies.

The graphs below show the development of feed-in tariffs for homes and businesses with a variable energy contract for single and dual tariffs (day and night).

Fixed contracts: from increase to decrease

In fact, the level of feed-in tariffs for fixed contracts is partly showing a downward trend this year. For the single meter, solar energy from solar panels on the roofs of homes and businesses may have increased by 8 and 6 percent respectively, but a very different picture is visible for dual tariffs. For fixed contracts, there is still growth in the first half of the year for the daytime tariff - 22 percent for consumers and 17 percent for businesses - but for the nighttime tariff there is a decrease of 36 percent for consumers and 33 percent for businesses. Depending on the municipality and the network operator, the night rate runs between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. or between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. In addition, there is the option to choose contracts with a fixed rate or a variable rate.

The graphs below show the development of feed-in tariffs for homes and businesses with a fixed energy contract for single and dual tariffs (day and night).

Source: Solarmagazine.nl, 16 July 2022

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Solar panel feed-in fee in Flanders drops after steep increases