The electricity price is the charge for the supply of electrical energy. This power supply contract for a home usually comprises two parts: the basic price and the energy price (charge = basic price + energy price).
The energy price depends on the amount of electricity used.
It is calculated from the consumed electrical energy (kWh) and the fixed energy price per kWh (€/kWh). The energy price (€) is then calculated by multiplying the number of units consumed (kWh) with the fixed energy price per kWh (€/kWh).
The basic price does not depend upon the amount of electricity used.
It is a service charge that is designed to cover administration costs and costs associated with the meter equipment (meter and accessories), meter readings and billing. Bills are calculated on a monthly or annual basis, usually accurate to the day
The feed-in tariff is defined in Germany’s "Renewable Energies Act" (EEG) and governs the preferred feed-in of electricity from renewable sources into the grid. It guarantees fixed feed-in remuneration to producers. The following energy sources are supported:
- Wind power
- Geothermal energy
The feed-in tariff depends on the installation type and is set out on a sliding scale according to the peak output of the solar system (in kWp). The applicable tariff will depend on the exact time the system is first taken into operation. The feed-in tariff (€/kWh) valid at the startup date of your system can be found on the credit advice provided by your grid operator, who will also be able to assist with further queries.
Example: solar system output: 7 kWp; startup:1 May 2013 – according to the EEG ruling, this means that the feed-in tariff is 15.63 cents/kWh.