German Environment Minister Norbert Roettgen and Economy Minister Philipp Roesler, who disagreed on solar-power subsidies, are in talks to draw up a joint policy as a local newspaper said payments may be cut as early as April.
The ministers in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government met on Feb. 1, are in “intensive” discussions and plan to table a combined proposal to adjust solar power subsidies “as quickly as possible,” Frauke Stamer, a spokeswoman for Roettgen, said in Berlin today. Ann-Christin Wiegemann, Roesler’s spokeswoman, also confirmed the talks at the briefing for journalists.
The ministers disagreed after Germany, Europe’s biggest renewables market, installed a record 7.5 gigawatts of solar panels last year, more than double the government’s target.
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